MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 7, 2017) – As Category 5 Hurricane Irma continues to threaten Florida over the weekend, and with 9-foot storm surges expected along the Gulf coast, Manatee County officials today issued a voluntary evacuation for many Manatee County residents beginning 7 a.m. tomorrow, Friday Sept. 8.
Residents can easily determine which evacuation level they live in by entering an address at the County’s interactive hurricane evacuation map online. The voluntary evacuation applies to those living in mobile homes and anyone in the County’s evacuation Level A, red-colored areas on the map near the coast, rivers, streams and low lying areas.
Four emergency shelters will open at 4 p.m. tomorrow for the evacuation including:
- Myakka Elementary School, 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City
- Braden River High(pet friendly), 6545 SR70 East, Bradenton
- Manatee High School (pet friendly), 1000 32nd Street West, Bradenton
- Mills Elementary (pet friendly), 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto
“Our emergency shelters should be a last option for anyone who’s decided to leave their home,” said Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris. “We strongly encourage people to stay with family and friends outside of the evacuation area.”
Today the County is coordinating transportation and sheltering assistance with registered special needs clients.
Manatee County Public Works crews assisted County residents loading more than 60,000 sandbags yesterday. Sandbags will be available today from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Additional details are on the County’s sandbag area online.
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.