MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 24, 2022) – Manatee County has declared a local state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Ian.
Manatee County’s Emergency Operations Center—which has been activated at level two since Friday—will continue to add staff and resources in preparation for a higher-level activation as the storm progresses.
"It’s important for the public to monitor the storm and prepare for a possible tropical storm impacting our area,” said Public Safety Deputy Director Steve Litschauer. “Timing, direction and intensity forecasts are pointing to significant impacts in our area."
Following recommendations from local and state officials, County Administrator Scott Hopes shared that declaring a local state of emergency will allow County staff to perform any emergency actions needed during the storm.
“Our crews are getting ready to help support our residents and visitors through this storm’s impact,” said Dr. Hopes. “Now is not the time to panic. But it is time to finalize your storm preparations.”
Sandbag distribution has begun at the following locations:
Bradenton Area Convention Center
G.T. Bray Park
Myakka Community Center
Rubonia Community Center
Buffalo Creek Park
No shelters have been opened, but any residents with special needs should register here.
Residents and visitors should monitor local news and the County's social media pages for updates. The County’s Emergency Planning page provides updated information on emergency response and severe weather information with real-time updates.