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Pasco emergency managers seek public input for hurricane planning

COVID-19 will change hurricane planning and Pasco officials want public input.

NEW PORT RICHEY — As Pasco County’s emergency managers craft a 2020 hurricane sheltering plan they are seeking input from residents about their own plans in case tropical weather heads this way in the coming months.

Because of COVID-19, plans will likely be changed so the survey is a way for the county to make adjustments to meet the needs of the community. Survey responses will be gathered through June 30. Officials want to know whether area residents will stay or leave, where they would go if they left and overall preparedness with hurricane supplies. Taking the survey also helps residents give more thought to what they still need to do to have their own plans ready.

Related: Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Guide

The survey can be taken on the Pasco County homepage at by clicking on the survey link, on the MyPasco App, by clicking on the hurricane survey button or on the Pasco County Facebook or Twitter pages.

“Your safety is our top priority, and we encourage everyone in Pasco to participate in the 2020 Hurricane Season Survey,” said Pasco Emergency Management Director Andrew Fossa. “We have adjusted Pasco’s sheltering plans to include extra COVID-19-related safety measures, and we’re asking for your feedback so we can make more informed adjustments to our sheltering plans.”