MANATEE COUNTY - Manatee County Emergency Management officials are urging Manatee County residents to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely in coming days and plans to ask County Commissioners to declare a local state of emergency tomorrow morning.

According to a news release from Manatee County, public works crews will make sandbags available at four area locations tomorrow and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The sandbags will be available Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 at the following: G.T. Bray Park parking lot, Bennet Park, Lakewood Ranch Park and the Bradenton Area Convention Center. 

The County's Citizen Information Center line, (941) 749-3547, will field calls from the public Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is still too early to know exactly where the storm will track, but Dorian may bring high winds, heavy rain and possible flooding to Manatee County, said Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer. 

During a meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m., Public Safety officials will ask Commissioners to declare a local state of emergency in an abundance of caution before heavy rains this weekend. The declaration is the first step local officials must take to allow County staff to  be prepared to make special purchases relating to storm preparation and response if necessary over the holiday weekend. 

There are no plans yet for an evacuation or shelter openings, but County residents should monitor the news and the County's social media pages for updates. 

Follow Manatee County on Facebook at and on Twitter, @ManateeGov. Follow Manatee County Emergency Management at and on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety.

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.