Virtual Town Hall Meetings

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.

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All town halls are now over. Recordings of each town hall can be found below.

Past Town Halls

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