Hillsborough County Declares Local State of Emergency

Hurricane Michael Update No. 2

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2018) - In an abundance of caution, the Emergency Policy Group (EPG) today declared a local state of emergency for Hillsborough County in response to Hurricane Michael. The hurricane is not forecasted to significantly impact Hillsborough County. The County has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center to allow County and partner agencies to better monitor the storm track, and to coordinate resources and operations among partner organizations if necessary.

The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group is comprised of three County Commissioners, the mayors from the cities of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace, and the Sheriff. Authority is granted by Article 8 of the Florida Constitution, Section 125.66 and Chapter 252, Florida Statues, Hillsborough County enacted Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws Chapter 22, Article II, Sections 22-23 in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of County's citizens during declared emergencies.

The local state of emergency proactively positions the County to take specific response and recovery actions as relevant. Gov. Rick Scott's declared state of emergency for certain Florida counties on Monday includes Hillsborough.

All County offices are open for business as usual.

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