Posted July 4, 2021 | 7:02 p.m.
Update on Tropical Storm Elsa # 3
Hillsborough County, Florida (July 4, 2021) – Hillsborough County has declared a local state of emergency in response to Tropical Storm Elsa.
The order is in effect until July 11. A local state of emergency can only be in effect for seven days, unless it is canceled or extended. The declaration of emergency gives the county administrator and emergency managers the ability to quickly take certain actions to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the community, and provides a path for federal reimbursement of certain expenses. . Governor Ron DeSantis also declared a state of emergency for 15 counties in Florida, including Hillsborough, in response to the storm.
Hillsborough County emergency officials and representatives from partner agencies are closely monitoring the storm’s predicted path and coordinating resources and operations to respond if necessary.
Sandbags will be available daily at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Edward Medard Conservation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
- EG Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin
- Ed Radice Park, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa
The parks will be open to residents as usual during the sandbag distribution.
Hillsborough County residents are allowed a maximum of 10 sandbags per family. Residents must show proof of identity that they live in the county; a driver’s license or utility bill will serve as the appropriate identification. Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to request additional information or visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.
Additionally, the City of Tampa is offering sandbags starting Monday at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Al Barnes Park South, 2902 N. 32nd St.
- Himes Avenue Complex, 4501 S. Himes Ave.
- MacFarlane Park, 1700 N. MacDill Ave.
Hillsborough County has not opened any shelters or issued an evacuation order at this time.
Actions Residents Should Take
- Residents and visitors should pay close attention to weather forecasts and make decisions accordingly. According to the National Weather Service, there is a risk of storm surge, wind and precipitation impacts for parts of the Florida Peninsula as of Monday; however, forecast uncertainty remains greater than usual due to Elsa’s potential interaction with Cuba.
- Review storm preparedness plans and disaster kit contents. Hillsborough County 2021 Disaster Preparedness Guide, accessible via HCFLGov.net/StaySafe, is available in English and Spanish and contains comprehensive information on how to prepare for any hazard.
- Tropical storms can bring destructive winds and heavy rains that can last for several hours. Prepare your home by cleaning gutters and drains, pruning trees and hedges if necessary, and securing or storing loose objects such as outdoor furniture, birdbaths, and plants pot.
- Know if you live in an evacuation area. Visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe for a link to the Hillsborough County Hurricane Evacuation Assessment Tool (HEAT). This simple tool helps residents determine if they live in one of the county’s five evacuation zones.
- Sign up for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone and SMS, go to HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.
- Stay informed by following Hillsborough County on social media Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor. Check HCFLGov.net/StaySafe regularly for updates. For general county information, call (813) 272-5900, the county’s main information line.
Even though Tropical Storm Elsa has little impact on Hillsborough County, it is wise to keep in mind that the Atlantic hurricane season 2021 started only a month ago, and the peak of the season in our region is yet to come.