Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Partially Activated
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2018) - Hillsborough County, out of an abundance of caution, has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to Hurricane Michael. At this time, the hurricane is not forecasted to significantly impact Hillsborough County. A limited activation of the EOC allows the County and partner agencies to better monitor the storm track and coordinate resources and operations if necessary.
The Emergency Policy Group will meet this morning at 9 AM to discuss actions related to the storm. The meeting will be held in the County Commission Boardroom on the 2nd floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The EPG meeting will be held immediately prior to the County Commission's regularly-scheduled Land Use meeting.
The Emergency Policy Group can proactively position the County to take specific response and recovery actions as relevant. Gov. Rick Scott's declared state of emergency for certain Florida counties was extended Monday to include Hillsborough.
The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group is comprised of three County Commissioners, the mayors from the cities of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace, and the Sheriff. Authority is granted by Article 8 of the Florida Constitution, Section 125.66 and Chapter 252, Florida Statues, Hillsborough County enacted Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws Chapter 22, Article II, Sections 22-23 in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of County's citizens during declared emergencies.