The Board of County Commissioners serves as the executive and administrative authority for the county.
Building a Sustainable Hardee County
Hardee County continues to encourage residents to monitor local forecasts as well as the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. Forecasters are calling for rapid intensification as the storm passes to the north of Hardee County, and even after the storm passes, conditions will demand that residents use common sense and caution.
Local State of Emergency
Hardee County is included in the Governor’s Executive Order 23-171 and the Hardee County Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution 2023-61 declaring a Local State of Emergency (LSE ) on Monday, August 28, 2023, during their Special Meeting held at 5:30pm.
Emergency Management Activation
The Hardee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC ) continues to operate at a Level 1 activation, holding regularly scheduled briefings with partners, such as the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service, as well as local EOC partners. Following the Continuity of Operations Plan, the Emergency Operations Center has relocated to ensure the safety of employees and partnering agencies.
Local Government Office Closures
Hardee County Government will ensure as few people as possible travel during storm conditions. Employees at the Emergency Operations Center and in departments that are necessary will be working.
On Wednesday, August 30th the following offices will be closed and anticipate opening Thursday, August 31st:
Additional updates on all Government offices reopening will be provided as information is obtained.
Wauchula Family Medicine and Wauchula Prompt Care will close Tuesday, August 29th at 3:00pm and resume business on Wednesday, August 30th at 12:00pm.
Solid waste services for all Municipalities and County locations are as follows:
Emergency Response Services
Public services such as Fire/EMS, Public Works, Utilites, and Law Enforcement may be delayed during the storm for the safety of those employees. They will respond to emergencies as weather permits.
No road closures at this time
Traveling tonight is not advised. It will be more difficult to see areas of standing water and motorists should make every effort to stay home.
Hardee Junior High School
2405 US HWY 17N
Wauchula, FL 33873
Bowling Green Elementary
4530 Church Avenue
Bowling Green, FL 33834
South Florida State College
2968 US HWY 17N
Bowling Green, FL 33834
Volunteers and Donations
Hardee County EOC will continue to monitor throughout the evening.
The EOC is staffed with county employees and local partners who are well positioned to implement any response activities needed throughout the duration of the storm.
Hardee County is committed to providing the community regular updates.
By visiting https://redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word IAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift is a commitment to helping people in need, and every single donation matters. Financial donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 OR https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Legal Services Helpline: 888-582-3410: LegalServer - Smarter Case Management Software for Civil Legal Aid and Public Defenders
Hardee County Info Page - https://www.hardeecountyfl.gov/
EOC Hotline: 863-773-6373
For more information, please contact Danielle DeLeon, Office Manager via phone (863-773-9430 ) or email (email@example.com ) .