HARDEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Here’s a list of evacuation information, open shelters, and community resources available in Hardee County for Idalia. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.

The Hardee County School District announced all schools will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and Wednesday, Aug. 30. The school district plans to reopen on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Shelters/Evacuation Centers (Opens 11 a.m. Tuesday)

  • Hardee Junior High School
  • Hilltop Elementary School
  • Bowling Green Elementary School (pet-friendly shelter)

Evacuation Zones

  • There is no evacuation order currently for Hardee County

Current Warnings

  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hardee County


  • Call 863-773-6373
  • Special Needs must be registered with the county for shelter

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