Hillsborough County – Hillsborough imposes local state of emergency for Tropical Storm Elsa


Posted July 4, 2021 | 7:02 pm

Tropical Storm Elsa Update No. 3

Hillsborough County, Florida (July 4, 2021) – Hillsborough County has declared a local emergency in response to Tropical Storm Elsa.

The order is valid until July 11th. A local emergency can only remain in effect for seven days unless it is lifted or extended. The emergency statement gives the county council 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 government reimbursement of certain expenses. Governor Ron DeSantis has also declared a state of emergency in 15 Florida counties, including Hillsborough, in response to the storm.

Read Hillsborough County’s ordinance declaring a local emergency.
Read the governor’s order declaring a state of emergency.

EOC status

Hillsborough County’s emergency officers and representatives from partner organizations are closely monitoring the forecast trail of the storm and coordinating resources and operations to respond if necessary.


Sandbags will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations

  • 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 while the sandbag distribution is in progress.

Hillsborough County residents are entitled to a maximum of 10 sandbags per family. Residents must show ID to confirm they live in the county; a driver’s license or utility bill serve as proper identification. Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to request additional information or visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.

The City of Tampa is also offering sandbags at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Monday

  • Al Barnes Park South, 2902 N. 32nd St.
  • Himes Avenue Complex, 4501 S. Himes Ave.
  • MacFarlane Park, 1700 N. MacDill Ave.
Emergency shelters and evacuations

Hillsborough County has not yet opened any accommodations or issued evacuation orders.

Measures that local residents should take

  • Residents and visitors should carefully observe the weather forecast and decide accordingly. According to the National Weather Service, there is already a risk of storm surge, wind and precipitation effects for parts of the Florida peninsula on Monday; However, the forecast uncertainty remains greater than usual due to the possible interaction of Elsa with Cuba.
  • Review storm preparation plans and the contents of the disaster kit. Hillsborough County’s Disaster Preparedness Guide 2021, accessible at HCFLGov.net/StaySafe, is available in English and Spanish and provides comprehensive information on how to prepare for any hazard.
  • Tropical storms have the potential to bring harmful winds and heavy rain that can last for many hours. Prepare your home by cleaning gutters and drainpipes, pruning trees and hedges if necessary, and securing or putting away loose items like garden furniture, bird baths and potted plants.
  • Do you know if you live in an evacuation zone? Visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe for a link to Hillsborough County’s Hurricane Evacuation Assessment Tool (HEAT). This simple tool will help residents determine if they live in one of the county’s five evacuation zones.
  • Register 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 in the know by following Hillsborough County on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor. Check HCFLGov.net/StaySafe regularly for updates. For general information about the county, call (813) 272-5900, the county’s main information line.

While Tropical Storm Elsa has little impact on Hillsborough County, keep in mind that the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season only started a month ago and the peak of the season in our area is yet to come.


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