Manatee County residents invited to virtual town hall series in June on Hurricane Season prep

Manatee County residents invited to virtual town hall series in June on Hurricane Season prep
Posted on 06/05/2020

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 5, 2020) – In an effort to reach Manatee County residents with important preparation information for the 2020 Hurricane Season, Manatee County will host seven virtual town hall meetings this month.

Each of Manatee County's seven County Commissioners will host a video conference with Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer and Public Safety Director Jacob Saur. After officials review the year's most important messages, telephone lines will be open for questions from those on the line. 

During the virtual town hall, Director Saur and Chief Litschauer will cover the following

  • Learning the strength of your home and whether it's in an evacuation zone using Manatee County's online tools for help.
  • Making an evacuation plan NOW. If you're in an evacuation zone or mobile home, scout out several options where you can stay when severe weather approaches. Go tens of miles -- not hundreds -- to find a safer location to ride out the storm.
  • In normal conditions public shelters can be crowded, noisy, cold and uncomfortable. If evacuation orders are given and public shelters open, they will keep you safe from the elements but there for those who come to shelters, there is no guarantee against the spread of germs and sickness. Public shelters MUST be your last resort in 2020.
  • Dial 911 in an emergency. Call 311 for general information and questions throughout the year. If you're not sure whether your situation is truly an emergency, call 911.'

The virtual town hall is scheduled as follows:

  • District 3 Commissioner Stephen Jonsson
    Wed. June 10, 1 p.m.
  • District 2 Commissioner Reggie Bellamy
    Thurs. June 11, 5 p.m.
  • District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh
    Mon. June 15, 1 p.m.
  • District 1 Commissioner Priscilla Trace
    Mon., June 15, 3 p.m.
  • At-large Commissioner and Commission Chair Betsy Benac
    Wed. June 17, 1 p.m.
  • At-large Commissioner Carol Whitmore
    Mon. June 22, 6 p.m.
  • District 4 Commissioner Misty Servia
    Thurs., June 25, 6 p.m.

The video link for each meeting will be announced one day before each meeting at Each town hall meeting also will be available for on-demand viewing on that area of the County website for within two days of the event.

Manatee County residents who cannot attend one of the town hall meetings, can watch the County's most important hurricane messages for this year here.

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.