We are sorry to announce that due to impending weather, we will not be posting our regularly scheduled "Happening in Hernando This Weekend". Due to the storm, many events this weekend have been postponed or canceled. We will hopefully be resuming our event post next weekend!

The event on everyone’s mind right now is the forthcoming Hurricane Irma. Although she has been downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds at 155 mph, experts are still predicting catastrophic devastation when she makes landfall in Florida. This could be as early as Sunday morning or afternoon. Residents are urged to complete their final preparations by Saturday. As per Governor Rick Scott, Florida remains in a state of emergency, and all public schools statewide will remain closed through Monday, September 11th.

Here in Hernando County, the Executive Policy Group has just issued a mandatory evacuation for Coastal Zones A & B, as well as all mobile or manufactured homes countywide. If you do not know your evacuation zone, please go to http://hernandocounty.us/em/documents/maps/8-evacuation-zones-and-routes/file to check the map. It also contains helpful emergency contact information. You can also visit http://www.hernandosheriff.org/em/applications/emevacuationzonelu/default.aspx to type in your address to find your evacuation zone, nearest shelter, and nearest hospital. 

Shelters in the Hernando will begin to open up at 2 PM this afternoon to take in evacuees. County officials recommend seeking shelter inland with neighbors, friends, or family in secure structures, as shelters will fill up quickly. The following shelters will be opening this afternoon:

  • Challenger K-8 School of Sciences and Mathematics 
    • Designated special needs shelter
    • 13400 Elgin Blvd.
    • Spring Hill, FL 34609
  • ·D.S. Parrott Middle School 
    • Designated pet-friendly shelter
    • 19220Youth Dr.
    • Brooksville, FL 34601
  • Explorer K-8
    • 10252 Northcliffe Blvd.
    • Spring Hill, 34608
  • Hernando High School
    • 700 Bell Ave.
    • Brooksville, 34601,
  • Nature Coast Technical High School
    • 4057 California St.
    • Spring Hill, FL 34604

If you have a person or people in your family who have special needs, your designated shelter is Challenger K-8 School. You will need to pre-register with them. Call Emergency Management at (352) 754-4083 for more details about how to register or if you need assistance with transportation. 

Those heading to shelters should make an effort to carpool when possible, as parking is limited at the schools. It's recommended you eat before arriving, as the first meal being served will be dinner. No cots or mattresses will be provided, so bring your own sleeping bags/air mattresses, as well as bedding, like sheets and/or blankets. You will also need to bring current ID, any medications you may need, snacks, and water. 

If you are still having trouble finding bottled water in the stores, Marker 48 Brewing on SR 50 uses a filtration system for their water. They are offering to fill containers prior to the storm; they will also be filling a fermentor with fresh water so that several hundred gallons will be available afterwards. You can find them at 12147 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613.

We at The Hardy Team hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and secure during and after the storm. If you venture out to make final purchases, please be patient and kind on the roads and in the stores. Everyone wants the same thing: to be ready, and to be safe.