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Manatee County Emergency Management, Red Cross to host training for shelter volunteers

15 May 2017 11:01 AM | Anonymous

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 15, 2017) – Through a partnership with the American Red Cross of Southwest Florida, Manatee County’s Emergency Management Division will host two classes next month for volunteers interested in helping staff Manatee County’s hurricane evacuation shelters.

These shelters are open to the public when local evacuation orders are given, and provide a safe place for residents during tropical storms and hurricanes. After completing the training, volunteers will be able to assist in selecting, opening, organizing, operating and closing a shelter.

The two free courses will be offered June 12 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manatee County Public Safety Center, 2101, 47th Terrace East, Bradenton. To register, email your name and phone number to or call (941) 749-3500.

"Local volunteers are our greatest resource to quickly and effectively meet our disaster response needs," said Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris. "This training is a great next step for the dozens of disaster volunteer and service-driven organizations in Manatee County. Not only are shelter volunteers provided with a safe place during tropical storms and hurricanes, their actions make a difference in the lives and safety of our residents." 

The training is recommended for anyone but is especially encouraged for disaster services volunteers, such as members of neighborhood Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), the Manatee County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), amateur radio operators, and other organizations that play a crucial role in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

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

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