Emergency Management



Jill Newman
Emergency Management Director
Ph: 863-773-6373
Fax: 863-773-9390
404 W. Orange St., Wauchula, FL 33873



Mission Statement

The mission of Hardee County Emergency Management is to provide a comprehensive and integrated emergency management system that coordinates community resources to protect lives, property and the environment through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from all natural and man-made hazards that may impact our county.





Puppy Kitten

   Pet Friendly Shelter

   Bowling Green Elementary School at 4530 Church Avenue will be the new shelter for cats & dogs only.   Pet owners are encouraged to make prior arrangements to consider homes of friends or relatives or to consider other options including boarding their pets. Pre-registration is available for your disaster planning. To view the press release, pre-registration form and agreement rules, click one of the following:

Press Release

Agreement Rules

Registration Application - (English)


Please click here for CERT



Hardee County Emergency Management's Mass Notification System

* Hardee County Keeps Citizens Safe and Informed with Everbridge Resident Alerts, Residents and Businesses Can Sign Up to Receive Critical Communications and Emergency Alerts



20 Weeks to Preparedness



Guides & Handbooks


2017 All Hazards Guide

All Hazards Guide

The 2017 All Hazard Guide (formally known as hurricane guides) are now available. Download your copy on our website, or pick one up at your local Emergency Management Office.

Severe Weather Awareness

Severe Weather Awareness

Severe weather can strike at any moment, and families should have a plan of their own so their loved ones know what to do should severe weather strike. The Division of Emergency Management outlines in this guide what families need to know, and what supplies they need to stay safe, including evacuation routes, how much potable water families need, remembering important medications and creating a plan for pets.

Know How to Go!

Evacuation Routes

Locate the nearest evacuation route from where you are. A disorganized evacuation can result in confusion, injury, and property damage. When developing your emergency action plan it is important to determine under which an evacuation would be necessary, as well as which route you will take.

Know Where to Go!

Emergency Shelters

Locations of Hardee County Shelters. In an emergency, stay tuned to local media for a listing of shelters, to include the pet-friendly shelters, which will be opened for an event. Shelter openings vary with each emergency. Click here for a listing of shelters.

Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Emergency Management is an ALL HAZARDS department responsible for the Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery of all types of natural and man made incidents. Planning for wind events, large fires, hazmat, terrorism, agricultural incidents, weather events and everything in between is the primary role of Emergency Management.

Home Owners Handbook

Home Owners Handbook

This handbook was created to help you prepare for a natural hazard so that risks to family and property may be reduced. While it is never possible to eliminate all damage from a natural hazard, you as a homeowner can take action and implement many small and costeffective steps that could significantly lower your risk. Mother Nature can be intense. Your family and home deserve protection that only you can provide.

Local Mitigation Strategy

Local Mitigation Strategy Brochure

A Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a plan developed, typically at the county level, to reduce impacts from potential hazards. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires jurisdictions to have, or be included, in a mitigation plan to be eligible for federal funding.

Generator Safety

Generator Safety

When the power goes out a portable generator can be a life saver, but used improperly it also can become life-threatening. Use this brochure for tips to keep safe using a portable genrator.

Special Needs

Special Needs Brochure

A Special Needs Shelter is a place to go, when you have no other sheltering option. It is a shelter of last resort and should only be used as a back up to your own personal sheltering plan.



Un Refugiode Necesidades Especial es un lugar para ir, cuando usted no tiene ninguna otra opción que se refugia. Esto es un refugio de último recurso y sólo debería ser usado como una espalda de su propio plan de refugio.