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Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness

This page contains some of our favorite hurricane and disaster planning websites and apps.

Click the titles below to find the resources you like best as you make preparations for your safety and the safety of your family.

If this is an emergency, dial 911.

If you are unable to dial, using your wireless phone, text “911” in the “to” line and send a message (i.e. Help). 
You will get an automatic reply of “Manatee County 9-1-1, what is the address of your emergency?”
You are now in contact with an emergency call taker.

Local Resources

All encompassing official guide to Manatee County disaster planning 

Current local weather conditions and detailed forecast, hazardous weather and radar maps

Lists open shelters  and which are pet friendly; link to map of Manatee County emergency shelters

For Manatee County residents who need transportation or sheltering assistance during evacuation

SW Florida Edition. Phone numbers at State, County and National level; radio station frequencies

Current status of Manatee County Emergency Operations Center; storm prep info

Plan your route before leaving your driveway; have a Plan B and a Plan C

Locate the storm evacuation level of your home or business with this interactive map

Create a Family Emergency Plan following prompts. Download the plan to keep vital emergency info at your fingertips

After a disaster, use this American Red Cross site to let family and friends know you are safe or search for others who have registered safe

National Weather Service Resources

Current weather and active alerts, forecast maps, radar and news

NOAA Weather Radio frequencies by state

Difference between watches and warnings, what to do before, during and after a hurricane

What to do before, during and after a thunderstorm. Explains severe thunderstorm risk

What to do before, during and after a tornado. Explains difference between Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning

Pet Disaster Preparedness

Prepare a disaster kit for your pets. Lists documents, food, water, medications to have ready

How to protect your pet in event of extreme weather or a disaster. Links to find pet-friendly hotels

What to do with your pet should you need to go to an evacuation center

FEMA brochure. Prepare a pet emergency supply kit

ASPCA email list sign up required to receive, includes pet rescue window decal 

General Preparedness

Sign up to receive notifications from government and public safety officials

Steps to prevent illness. Links to Eat Safe Food/Drink Safe Water fact sheets

Invaluable form to fill out before an emergency, includes wallet cards

Tips on evacuation, emergency supplies, how to protect your property. Post-hurricane clean up

Securing windows and doors, preparing your home, inventorying belongings

Plan ahead for disasters with links to coronavirus, financial preparedness and Ready Kids

Suggested records and documents to assemble and keep safe from a disaster

List of refrigerated and freezer foods – which to keep and which to discard after power outage

Important documents and medical records, power sources, prescriptions and personal needs to have on hand

American Red Cross links for assistance and shelters. How to prepare before a hurricane prioritized by time. Links to free Emergency App