Posted September 8, 2017 | 10:41 PM

Public Works Transitioning to Pre Storm Preparations

Sandbag operations concluded

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2017) - Hillsborough County Public Works has transitioned to pre-storm preparations and maintenance in advance of expected flooding from Hurricane Irma. Sandbag operations have concluded at all seven Hillsborough County locations as of 10 p.m. Friday night.

Shelter Openings
On Saturday at 8 a.m., Hillsborough County will open additional shelters for residents in Evacuation Zone A whose homes are vulnerable to storm surge and flooding, and for manufactured homes that are susceptible to wind damage. A list of shelters can be found at

Two shelters are currently open to accommodate special-needs residents only in Evacuation Zone A at:

  • Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Road in Dover
  • SunDome at USF, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa

The special-needs shelters are only for residents with medical issues that require electricity assistance or cognitive issues that would not be supported in a general population shelter.

Residents can confirm evacuation zones and register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system, at or by calling (813) 272-5900.

HART Evacuation Routes
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) to run evacuation routes only on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit for additional information.

Businesses Prepare for Hurricane Irma
Business owners are reminded to gather vital financial records for safekeeping before a hurricane strikes. In order to successfully access emergency loans, have bank and financial records ready. For more information on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, visit

Businesses may also sign up for Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to receive up to date storm-related information. Businesses will also be able to use FLVBEOC to fill out Damage Assessment Reports and post hours of operation during the storm. To sign up, visit

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
Make sure to have a plan. Residents and visitors are encouraged to register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to For more information, call (813) 272-5900.


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