Manatee Emergency Management to host annual hurricane preparedness exercise

  • May 13, 2016

Countywide response exercise takes place Friday, May 20

 MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 13, 2016) – More than 150 community leaders and government officials are scheduled to participate in Manatee County’s annual hurricane response exercise on Friday, May 20.


The exercise is open to the media and will take place at the Manatee County Public Safety Building, 2101 47th Terrace East. The exercise is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exercise will challenge the county, municipalities, first responder teams and local non-profit groups to test and evaluate their emergency protocols.


In the exercise, a hurricane much like 2004’s Hurricane Charley will make landfall in Manatee County. Emergency Management officials will remind the exercise group that the storm was headed toward Manatee County, but veered south/southeast, making landfall in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte as a Category 4 storm.


“The National Weather Service has gotten better in forecast models since 2004 but there’s still so much variability and unpredictability in where a hurricane will go,” said Emergency Management Chief Don Hermey. “We’ll be testing the impacts of a storm like Charley on an area like ours. We’ll challenge everyone to get creative with solutions to help people the best way we can.”


Manatee County Public Safety will have a live tweet along during the exercise which the public can follow at @MCGPublicSafety. Follow Manatee County Emergency Management on Facebook at

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