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Manatee County shelters and emergency information

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 29, 2005


Shelter openings may vary with each emergency. Stay tuned to local media for a listing of which shelters will be opened for an event. Do not go to the shelter until local officials announce through the media that the shelter is open. Shelter openings will differ by size and intensity of disaster.

10. Bashaw Elementary School, 3515 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton

18. Bayshore Elementary School, 6120 26th St. W, Bradenton

9. Braden River Elementary School, 6215 River Club Blvd., Bradenton

13. Braden River Middle School, 6215 River Club Blvd., Bradenton

19. Braden River High School, 6545 SR 70 E, Bradenton

2. Freedom Elementary School, 9515 State Road 64 E, Bradenton

11. Haile Middle School, 9501 State Road 64 E, Bradenton

15. Johnson Middle School, 2121 26th Ave. E, Bradenton

17. Kinnan Elementary School, 3415 Tallevast Road, Sarasota

4. Lee Middle School, 4000 53rd Ave. W, Bradenton

3. Lincoln Middle School, 305 17th St. E, Palmetto

6. Manatee High School, 1000 32nd St. W, Bradenton

5. McNeil Elementary School, 6325 Lorraine Road, Bradenton

20. Mills Elementary School, 7200 69th St. E, Palmetto

7. Myakka City Elementary School, 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City

21. Nolan Middle School, 6615 Green Brook Blvd., Bradenton

14. Oneco Elementary School, 5214 22nd St. Court E, Bradenton

22. Prine Elementary School, 3801 Southern Parkway, Bradenton

16. Rowlett Elementary School, 3500 Ninth St. E, Bradenton

1. Seabreeze Elementary School, 3601 71st St. W, Bradenton

8. Tillman Elementary School, 1415 29th St. E, Palmetto

12. Witt Elementary School, 200 Rye Road, Bradenton

The evacuation plan

The colored areas on this map are vulnerable to storm surge. Storm surge is salt water flooding that rushes over coastal areas - near where the eye of the hurricane strikes - destroying homes and businesses in its path. Most hurricane-related deaths are caused by drowning.

Hurricanes are categorized on a scale of 1 to 5 depending on the strength of the winds. Storm surge can reach 5 or 6 feet above sea level in a Category 1 hurricane to more than 25 feet above sea level in a Category 5 hurricane. Depending on the track and strength of a threatening hurricane, local officials may order one of five evacuation levels. These levels correspond to the storm surge flooding that is likely to occur from the five categories of hurricanes.

If you live in an area ordered to evacuate, or if you live in a mobile home, manufactured home or RV, gather your emergency supplies, secure your home and leave immediately. Failure to obey an evacuation order is a violation of Florida law.

Media organizations

Listen to local radio or TV for announcements of evacuation information or shelter openings (not every shelter may be open).

WFLA-Ch. 8

WWPR-AM 1490

WCTQ-FM 106.5

WJIS-FM 100.7 (The emergency alert station for Manatee County)

Bradenton Herald

Islander Bystander

Sarasota Herald Tribune

WTSP-Ch. 10

WTVT-Ch. 13

WFTS-Ch. 28

WWSB-Ch. 40

Bay News 9

Emergency phone numbers

Manatee County Emergency Management

General information (941) 748-4501

Special needs registration (941) 748-4501

Emergency information center (941) 748-4501

Deaf communications for TDD messages (941) 742-5802

Red Cross Manatee Chapter (941) 792-8686

Animal Services (941) 749-7103

Please DO NOT dial 911 for hurricane information. This line is exclusively designated for life or death emergencies.

Evacuation levels

Level A - Evacuate purple areas and all manufactured home residents.

Wind velocity: 74 to 95 mph

Storm surge expected: Up to 6 feet

Level B - Evacuate purple and blue areas and all manufactured home residents.

Wind velocity: 96 to 110 mph

Storm surge expected: Up to 10 feet

Level C - Evacuate purple, blue and green areas and all manufactured home residents.

Wind velocity: 111 to 130 mph

Storm surge expected: Up to 13 feet

Level D - Evacuate purple, blue, green and yellow areas and all manufactured home residents.

Wind velocity: 131 to 155 mph

Storm surge expected: Up to 16 feet

Level E - Evacuate purple, blue, green, yellow and orange areas and all manufactured home residents.

Wind velocity: 156 mph and over

Storm surge expected: Up to 19 feet