Hillsborough County Declares State of Local Emergency All County Parks & Preserves Closed Tomorrow
UPDATED: Sandbag operations will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2022) - Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise today signed an executive order declaring a state of local emergency under authority granted by the County's Emergency Management Ordinance and the Board of County Commissioners.
The order is in effect through Sept. 30. A state of local emergency can be in effect for only seven days, unless rescinded or extended. The emergency declaration gives the County Administrator and emergency managers the ability to quickly take certain actions to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community, and provides a path for federal reimbursement of certain expenses. Gov. Ron DeSantis has also declared a state of emergency for 24 counties, including Hillsborough, in response to the storm.
To help residents prepare for potential flooding from Tropical Storm Ian, Hillsborough County is making sandbags available to the public beginning 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. All County parks and preserves, including recreation centers, will be closed tomorrow to support sandbag operations.
Sandbags will be available at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25:
- Edward Medard Conservation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Rd., Plant City, FL 33567
- E.G. Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin, FL 33570
- Ed Radice Park, 14720 Ed Radice Dr., Tampa, FL 33626
Hillsborough County residents are eligible for a maximum of 10 sandbags per family. Residents must show ID verifying they live in the County; a driver's license or utility bill will serve as proper identification.
Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to request additional information or visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.