East Pasco municipalities declare local states of emergency

Responding to concerns about coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) , the City of Zephyrhills passed a resolution declaring a local state of emergency — taking steps to implement protocols suggested by state and federal agencies. The measure allows Zephyrhills flexibility to act quickly, if needed. However, its primary purpose is to allow the city to seek future reimbursement for costs … [Read more...]

Pasco County hosts Disaster Expo to help residents

Pasco County marked the beginning of this year’s hurricane season with an expo aimed at helping residents better prepare for potential disasters. The county’s 2019 Disaster Expo, held at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson, gave those attending a chance to learn about myriad ways to better protect themselves, if a disaster should strike. Participants at the June 1 event included the … [Read more...]

If a hurricane hits, what would your business do?

Residents aren’t the only ones who need to how to respond if water rises, high winds hit or other damage results from tropical storms, hurricanes or other emergencies. Businesses also need a plan that will help them weather the storm, and resume their enterprise as quickly as possible. Brian Ellis, disaster recovery coordinator for the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, recently shared … [Read more...]

Pasco sets its legislative priorities

The Pasco County Commission has identified a list of priorities it would like the Pasco County legislative delegation to support. The delegation is scheduled to have its annual public meeting on Dec. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pasco County School Board’s campus, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The session allows members of the public and various interest groups to address the … [Read more...]

Federal aid available for Hurricane Irma victims

Federal emergency management teams are fanning out statewide to help Hurricane Irma victims register for financial assistance. In Pasco County, a team settled in at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library on Collier Parkway from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14. Area residents applying for assistance also could speak with representatives of the United States Small Business Administration and Pasco … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Getting help and helping others

Hurricane Irma is causing some people to turn to others for help, and offering others an opportunity to be of service. Here are some places to turn for help, or to get involved. Free well water testing kits The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is offering free, private well water testing kits for owners whose wells flooded due to Hurricane Irma. The water sampling test … [Read more...]

Lawmakers promise to fix broken flood insurance program

Groans, interruptions, occasional applause. That was the scene in the New Port Richey city council chambers last week when federal, state and local officials — led by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis — pulled homeowners together to talk about what’s been a painful subject in recent months: flood insurance. Premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program, a federal insurance plan administered by … [Read more...]