Manatee County to Open Storm Shelters Tuesday

Manatee County to Open Storm Shelters Tuesday
Posted on 09/26/2022
Ian UpdateMANATEE COUNTY, FL (September 26, 2022) – As MANDATORY Level A evacuation and VOLUNTARY Level B evacuations are being ordered in Manatee County beginning Tuesday, September 27 at 8 a.m., the following locations have been identified as Storm Shelters for those who must leave their homes:

  • Braden River High School (pet friendly)
  • Harvey Elementary School
  • Manatee High School (pet friendly)
  • Myakka Elementary School
  • Mills Elementary School (pet friendly)
  • Bayshore Elementary School
  • Miller Elementary School
  • Freedom Elementary School
  • McNeal Elementary School
  • Gullett Elementary School
  • Rogers Garden Elementary School
  • Lee Middle School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Willis Elementary School

Public shelters should be a last option. It is always recommended to stay with family and friends if possible if you evacuate. Please note that the emergency shelter locations will not be open until 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

What to Bring

In addition to your emergency supplies (food, water, medicine, flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, etc.), the following are good items to bring with you if you must evacuate to a shelter:

  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses
  • Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, hearing aids (and batteries), etc.
  • Personal toiletries, towels
  • Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children
  • Important papers and irreplaceable keepsakes (driver’s license, special medical information, insurance policies and property inventories, photographs)

Pet Shelter Requirements

Pet sheltering requirements and rules are important during disaster situations. Your cooperation in making a pet friendly shelter environment enjoyable is appreciated.

  • Pet(s) must arrive with a carrier or cage. Cages will not be available on site.
  • Pet(s) must remain in carrier (except at scheduled exercise times).
  • Owners must provide pet food and other pet supplies as needed.
  • Owners must provide certification that pet(s) are current with rabies vaccination
  • Owners will not permit other shelter occupants to handle or approach pet(s).
  • Owners are responsible for the care, feeding and handling of their own pet(s).

Pet Survival Kit for Pet-Friendly Shelters

  • Proper ID collar and rabies license tag
  • Carrier or cage
  • Water and food bowls
  • Medications
  • Food supply to last about three days
  • Special care instructions
  • Newspapers/plastic bags for waste disposal
  • Toys and comfort items
  • Muzzles, if necessary
  • First aid supplies
  • Manual can opener
  • Proper ID on all belongings