Most Manatee County shelters closing, but Braden River remains open for evacuees

  • Oct 7, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FLA (Oct. 7, 2016) -- With Hurricane Matthew's impacts minimal, Manatee County officials today are working to close most local shelters. Manatee residents who used the shelters are safe to go home, while those who evacuated from the East Coast will remain at Manatee's host shelter, Braden River High School.

Sherilyn Burris, Manatee's acting Emergency Management Chief, reported that Matthew's impacts were minimal in Manatee County and the County's tropical storm watch has passed.  
 
"Earlier this morning, the storm tracked a little east, keeping winds further offshore and that makes our weather a lot better than we thought it was going to be," Burris said. "The National Weather Service dropped Manatee County's Tropical Storm watch this morning. We're not looking at any storm surge and rainfall for the day is projected at less than one inch which is excellent news."  
 
Nearly 275 people sought shelter in Manatee's public shelters last night, many of whom were evacuees from outside of the area. Those who live in Manatee will return home today and all those who evacuated here from the East Coast will move to Braden River for the time being.  
 
Manatee County will remain at a Level 1 activation throughout today and the Citizen's Information Center line will remain open today and tomorrow for local inquiries or to report storm-related damage. The CIC number is (941) 748-4501.  
 
Manatee County Government offices are open today but schools are closed. 
 
For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

 

Manatee opens host shelter, continues monitoring Hurricane Matthew

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 6, 2016) – Manatee County Emergency Management officials continued to ask residents to stay alert for the next 18 hours as Hurricane Matthew, which has put Manatee in a tropical storm watch, takes aim at Florida. 

 

Sherilyn Burris, acting Emergency Management Chief, said the strongest winds will arrive early tomorrow morning.

 

The County announced that Braden River High School, 6545 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, will open at 5 p.m. as a host shelter for evacuees. It is a pet-friendly shelter.

 

Manatee Tax Collector’s Office and Manatee Department of Health will be closed tomorrow. County offices will remain open, MCAT routes remain on normal schedule and trash/garbage collections will not be impacted by the storm at this time.

 

This is the final planned update of the day related to Hurricane Matthew. Other updates will be available tomorrow morning Friday, Oct. 7.

 

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

 

Shelters now open for Hurricane Matthew

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 6, 2016) – Manatee County Emergency Management officials continued to ask residents to stay alert for the next 18 hours as Hurricane Matthew, which has put Manatee in a tropical storm watch, takes aim at Florida.

 

Potential impacts from Hurricane Matthew prompted Manatee Emergency Management officials to urge manufactured and mobile home residents who are most vulnerable to find shelter from the storm.  

 

Manatee County is now under a tropical storm watch and strong winds of 45 mph or more could impact areas of East Manatee. County Commissioners this morning declared a local state of emergency and the Emergency Operations Center was activated at 8 a.m. in advance of Hurricane Matthew.  
 
Sherilyn Burris, Manatee's acting Emergency Management chief said Manatee County may receive tropical force winds tonight and into tomorrow.  
 
"It's never safe to stay in a mobile home or manufactured home in high winds, so we're asking people to evacuate to safer places," Burris said. "If you don't have a safe place to go, we'll have shelters open for you. We're expecting the arrival of strong winds at midnight tonight and into the wee hours of Friday." 
 
Mike Barber, Director of Communications for the School District, said all Manatee County schools will be Friday, Oct. 7. Extracurricular activities and athletic events are cancelled tonight and tomorrow night out of an abundance of caution.  
 
Three public shelters will open today at 4 p.m., including:  
 
Manatee High School, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton (pet friendly)  
Virgil Mills Elementary School, 7200 69th St. E., Palmetto (pet friendly)  
Myakka Elementary 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City 
 
Manatee's special needs shelter is also open for the medically needy and those who have registered with the County's Special Needs registry. Burris said there is currently no threat for storm surge along our coast, so no flooding is expected on Manatee's barrier islands.  
 
Manatee County Area Transit Handy Bus riders should expect early pickups today, since the service will be mobilized to help special needs patients who need help evacuating. Tomorrow, the Handy Bus will offer essential medical service trips only. Non essential trips will be postponed in priority of medical trips. Fixed route MCAT continues as normal today and tomorrow unless tropical storm force winds enter the area.  
 
Manatee residents with questions about the storm or about local conditions should call Manatee Citizens Information Center at (941) 748-4501.  
 
For the latest updates on the storm from Manatee County, follow on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety and @ManateeGov or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and www.facebook.com/manateecountyemergencymanagement 
 
 

County Commissioners Declare Local State of Emergency

 
MANATEE COUNTY FL (Oct. 6, 2016) -- With Manatee County under a tropical storm watch and strong winds of 45 mph or more reaching areas of East Manatee, County Commissioners this morning declared a local state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Matthew. 
 
Manatee County Emergency Management officials will host a press conference today at 10:30 a.m. to discuss local efforts to assist the public in advance of Hurricane Matthew. The press conference will be held at the Emergency Operations Center at 2101 47th Terr. E., Bradenton.  
 
No mandatory evacuation orders are being issued at this time, but because of the storm's potential impacts, Emergency Management officials have recommended that manufactured and mobile home residents who are most vulnerable to find shelter from the storm. 
 
The recommended options for manufactured and mobile home residents are:  
 
Evacuate to friend's or relative's homes. It's less traumatic for all concerned to be sheltered with familiar people, in more comfortable surroundings. 
Evacuate the area as soon as possible. People leaving this area or areas in the projected path of the storm will also be on the road, so if residents decide to evacuate, they should do so with plenty of time to reach their destination.  
Evacuate to the hotel or motel. Make arrangements early as rooms will fill quickly with other evacuees. 
Evacuate to a public shelter. The list of public shelters opening for Hurricane Matthew will be announced at today's press conference at 10:30 a.m. 
 
Public Works crews continue to distribute sandbags through 6 p.m. at the following five locations:  
 
Buffalo Creek Park, 7550 69th St. E., Palmetto              
G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave Dr. W., Bradenton   
Lakewood Ranch Park, 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton    
Stormwater Ops, 5511 39th St. E., Bradenton    
Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E., Palmetto  
 
Manatee residents with questions about the storm or about local conditions should call Manatee Citizens Information Center at (941) 748-4501.  
 
 
For the latest updates on the storm from Manatee County, follow on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety and @ManateeGov or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and www.facebook.com/manateecountyemergencymanagement
 

 

Sandbags available as Manatee County closely monitors Hurricane Matthew Sandbags available today, tomorrow at five locations

 

 

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 5, 2016) – Manatee County officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew and today urged residents to do the same. Sandbags will be available today and tomorrow in response to recent heavy rains and out of an abundance of caution for possible rains from Hurricane Matthew.  
 
Manatee is not under a tropical storm or hurricane watches or warnings. A Wednesday morning briefing from the National Weather Service projects less than one inch of rain in Manatee County, with breezy conditions arriving tomorrow and into Friday of 15 to 20 mph.
 
“We’re encouraging everyone to stay tuned to the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service for changes to Hurricane Matthew’s track and changes to our local expected weather impacts,” said Sherilyn Burris, Emergency Management Chief.  “We also want to encourage everyone to sign up for the county’s Code Red notification service, and to check on their family, friends and neighbors.” 
 
In response to recent heavy rains and out of an abundance of caution for additional showers from Matthew, sandbags will be distributed today from 1 – 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations: 
 
Buffalo Creek Park, 7550 69th St. E., Palmetto                                  
 
G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton                  
 
Lakewood Ranch Park, 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton   
 
Stormwater Ops, 5511 39th St. E., Bradenton                               
 
Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E., Palmetto                                 
 
For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.