Hernando Under a Hurricane Warning, Latest on Shelters and Evacuations
HERNANDO – Hernando County is now under a Hurricane Warning and County Officials met again this morning to bring the latest on preparing for Hurricane Irma and report on the current shelter status.
At this time, D.S. Parrot Middle School is at capacity and cannot take additional evacuees. To help accommodate residents with pets, Nature Coast Technical High School has opened a portion of the shelter to pets.
West Hernando Middle School has now been added to the list of open shelters.
Weather officials still do not now where Irma will make landfall but the latest models show Irma crossing directly over Hernando County sometime on Monday.
Due to growing storm surge concerns for our area, zones A, B, and C are now under a mandatory evacuation – meaning all areas west of US-19. If Irma follows its current track, Hernando County will experience Hurricane force winds, in excess of 100 mph.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis reminds residents that once wind speeds exceed 50 mph, there will be no response by emergency personnel.
Hernando County Shelters are open to anyone across the state and are not exclusive to Hernando County residents.
Here is a list of shelter locations:
West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville.
Challenger K-8 School of Sciences and Mathematics,13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. – Designated as a special needs shelter.
D.S. Parrott Middle School, 19220 Youth Dr., Brooksville. – Designated pet-friendly shelter. SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY
Explorer K-8, 10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.
Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.
Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., Spring Hill. – Now a designated pet friendly shelter.
Tips for shelter residents
* Bring identification.
* Eat prior to arrival. The first meal will be dinner.
* Bring air mattress or sleeping bag, cots will not be provided.
* Bring medicines, blanket/sheet, snacks, water and personal hygiene products.
* Call the special needs registry at (352) 754-4083 to request transportation.
* Make every effort to carpool due to limited parking at schools.
* The Challenger K-8 special needs shelter does not accept pets unless they are certified service animals. If you are evacuating to the special needs shelter and have a pet(s), Hernando County Animal Control will transport your pet(s) to Hernando County Animal Services. Please call (352) 754-6830 to arrange transportation of your pet(s).
For more information on Emergency Management Operations, follow this link: www.HernandCounty.us/em
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