Citizen Information Center opens to answer questions ahead of storm

Posted at 10:58 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 22:58:55-04

The Citizen Information Center in Pinellas County is reopening Thursday to help people, who have questions, regarding the storm.

The center opens at 9 a.m. Thursday and it closes at 11 p.m. It is unclear whether it will reopen Friday.

The number to call, if you have questions, about things like road closures is (727) 464-4333.

During Hurricane Hermine, the Citizen Information Center received more than 1,000 calls within 3 days.

"This is another avenue that we have opened and made (available) to them early on so that they have that comfort (and) they know where to call," Barbra Hernandez, the Director of Marketing and Communications in Pinellas County, said.

Officials urge people to prepare ahead of the storm. Dorothy McGee, who lives in Largo, said she needs supplies. She was at the grocery store Wednesday night.

"I guess I should go back in and get some supplies. Yes. (I should get) water especially 'cause I have a lot of canned vegetables, you know, in case (the) electricity went out," McGee said.

McGee said she is expecting two more family members at her house because they cannot stay at their own place.

"My daughter's father-in-law and his wife…he and his wife are coming up from West Palm because they had to evacuate so they're coming up to stay with us," McGee said.

McGee believes she has plenty of food to last for a few days. She hopes everyone will be safe.

"Yes, I'm praying everything will be okay," McGee said.