Hernando County Hurricane Update

THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS
WITH ANY NEW INFORMATION RELEASED BY THE COUNTY.
CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES ON NEED TO KNOW COUNTY INFO!

Any new information that’s been added is in red.

Latest Update: 9/11/17 @ 11:03 a.m.

  • A boil water notice is in effect for the entire area east of I-75 due to a water main break from a down tree. An announcement will be posted when the boil water notice is rescinded.
  • A boil water notice is in effect for the entire City of Brooksville.
  • Roadways remain very dangerous at this time and residents are being asked not to venture out until given the all clear.
  • 54% of Hernando County is without power. WREC is advising they expect it to take 7-10 days to restore power to most accounts.
  • Judge Merritt Jr. has cancelled all courts and the 5th Circuit Judiciary will be CLOSED Tuesday, September 12th
  • The Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Board of County Commission (BOCC) regular meeting and budget hearing will be rescheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. and the budget hearing time will be announced. BOCC employees must still report to work unless otherwise notified.
  • Nature Coast Technical High School is at capacity and CLOSED as of 9/9/17 @ 4:00 p.m. We will update as soon as know where the next pet friendly shelter will be located. 
  • D.S. Parrott Middle School is at capacity and CLOSED! 
  • Evacuations due to Hurricane Irma have been expanded to ALL AREAS west of US19 in Hernando County.
  • First responders will not respond to calls as soon as winds reach 50 mph or if other extreme dangerous conditions exist
  • All county parks are closed
  • All county offices closed Monday Sept. 11, including libraries (late fees are being waived during this time)
  • No garbage service Monday. No landfill, recycling or trash pick-up
  • Hernando County Sandbag sites closed at 6pm on Friday 9/8/17.

Preparedness and safety precautions:

  • Remember to fill up bathtubs before power goes out as a means of a water reserve: to drink, flush toilets, etc.
  • If you have a pool, use pool water first to flush toilets
  • Have flashlight, batteries, and documents on hand
  • Back-up computer on external hard drives to secure personal records
  • Only run generators outside. Exhaust from generators create carbon monoxide which is lethal
  • Do not use charcoal or gas grill under patio covers or inside garages
  • Do not use candles for indoor lighting
  • Do not run vehicles in the garage to generate power

Shelters are open at the following locations:

  • West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville, 34613, OPEN as a pet friendly shelter. Please see below for additional info/tips for bringing a pet to the shelter. 
  • Explorer K-8, 10252 Northcliff Blvd., Spring Hill, 34608, is open to general population.
  • Nature Coast Technical High School at 4057 California St., Spring Hill, FL 34604 is AT CAPACITY FOR PETS but still accepting general population. 
  • Challenger K-8, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill, 34609, is at capacity for general public as of 7 p.m. Sept. 9. They are accepting special needs only. Call the special needs registry at (352) 754-4083 to request transportation if needed. Please note that the special needs shelter at Challenger K-8 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).
  • Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville, 34601, – AT CAPACITY AND CLOSED AS OF 9/9/17 @ 8:00 p.m. 
  • D.S. Parrott Middle School at 19220 Youth Dr., Brooksville, FL 34601 – AT CAPACITY AND CLOSED AS OF 9/9/17 @ 10:00 a.m. 

Shelter Tips and Info:

  • Bring identification.
  • Eat prior to arrival.
  • Bring air mattress or sleeping bag, cots will not be provided.
  • Bring medicines, blanket/sheet, snacks, water and personal hygiene products.
  •  Make every effort to carpool due to limited parking at schools.

Pet friendly shelter info: 

  • You must bring your own crates and carriers. 
  • You must remain at the shelter with your pet. This is not a “drop and go” shelter. 
  • Proof of vaccines is preferred but you will not be turned away without it. 
  • You will stay in separate room than your pets
  • There is not an established limit as to how many pets you can bring at this time.
  • Don’t forget to bring a leash and food! 

Recommended disaster supply kit for pets:

  • Proper identification
  • Immunization records
  • County license rabies tag
  • Food and water
  • A carrier or portable kennel
  • Medications
  • Muzzle, collar, and leash
  • Manual can opener
  • Current photo of pet
  • Feeding and water bowls
  • Favorite toys and blanket
  • Cat litter/pan and scoop
  • Grooming items
  • Plastic bags to handle waste

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