Aug 252012

 Latest Announcements:

8/27 - Schools and government offices will re-open Tuesday, August 28th.  All Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCRHS) offices in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties will reopen for business on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Each of the organization’s 26 sites, including those with extended hours, will resume normal business hours. For a list of offices and hours of operation please visit our website at

8/27 - in Highlands County US Hwy 98 is closed from Cowhouse to 621 due to flooding.

8/26 - Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCRHS) offices in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties will be closed on Monday, August 27. No decision has been made regarding Tuesday.

Hardee County public schools will be closed Monday, August 27th as of 12:40pm Sunday. Government offices will be open.  No announcements to open shelters at this time.

As of 12:00pm Sunday, Highlands County public schools and South FL State College will be closed on Monday August 27th.  Government offices will be open.  No shelters will open at this time.

DeSoto Youth Coalition’s event D-Fy scheduled for the evening of Monday, August 27th has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.  A rescheduled event date will be announced at a later time.

8/25 - DeSoto County Schools and Government Offices will be closed Monday according to DeSoto County Emergency Management.  A general population shelter will open at 2 PM Sunday at the DeSoto Middle School.  A special needs shelter at South Florida State College will open at 1pm (must be registered in advance).

Schools will be closed Monday in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Polk, Hillsborough, and DeSoto Counties.

Attorney General Pam Bondi activated the Price Gouging Hotline on Saturday. She urges Floridians to report any suspected price gouging during this declared State of Emergency by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226). Florida law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency.

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Emergency Operation Centers

Helpful Organizations
Desoto County EOC
Web Page

Director: Catherine Furr
Phone: 863-993-4831


American Redcross

Hardee County EOC
Web Page

Director: Jill Newman
Phone: 863-773-6373


FEMA and

Highlands County EOC
Web Page
Director: Scott Canaday
Phone: 863-385-1112

National Hurricane Center

National Hurricane Center

Charlotte County EOC
Web Page

Director: Wayne Sallade
Phone: 941-833-4000
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