Hurricane Irma

Disaster Declaration Timeline

Irma Disaster Declaration map

On Sept. 13, 2017 Hernando County along with a number of other counties was declared a disaster area. The disaster declaration has to be made by the Governor of the state affected.

The disaster designation is important because it allows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to become more involved in the recovery efforts. The resources that can be made available are designated for the removal of debris, funding assistance for emergency services, possibly housing assistance, and more. A disaster declaration is also a necessary step to filing loss claims with FEMA.

Disaster team canvasses Hernando County to help with assistance

Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) A Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT), provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), arrived in Hernando County today. DSAT provides information directly to survivors by canvassing the community door-to-door and at locations where citizens frequent, so that everyone has equal access and understanding of the assistance process. Along with providing information, they also register survivors for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program and conduct individual case status visits door-to-door.

Prior commitments prevent Ridge Manor Community Center from opening as shelter; Brooksville Enrichment Center still open

Photo by Hernando Co. Gov.

The Red Cross and the Hernando County Emergency Management have been attempting to coordinate with the Ridge Manor Community Center to open as a shelter through the weekend, giving residents in the Ridge Manor area a place to take refuge close to their homes as has occurred in past disasters.



THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 18, 2017......... Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing-home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out.

Local state of emergency extended for seven days

Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) Hernando County Emergency Management announces that the local state of emergency has been extended for seven days. This decision was made by the executive policy group, comprised of county government leaders, due to the continual flooding that is impacting the residents living near the Withlacoochee River. This extension will also ensure that the emergency operations center and its partners remain in place to support the needs of the community.