Sarasota County Officials urge residents to plan ahead of Hurricane Ian
SARASOTA COUNTY - If you are not prepared for this storm, consider this a warning to get ready.
Sarasota County Officials are making a plea to residents ahead of Hurricane Ian's arrival.
“Please continue to do your personal preparations so you’re ready on your side if the worse happens with hurricane Ian," said Sarasota County Administrator, Jonathan Lewis.
All Sarasota public schools will be closed starting Tuesday as they are converted to evacuation centers for Hurricane Ian’s impact on the Suncoast. All evacuation centers will open, Tuesday at noon.
“When you go to that evacuation center at noon, please eat a meal before you come, bring all your disaster supplies, your emergency kit, including bedding, toiletries, water and supplies, its very important to bring a flashlight with you as well," said Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief, Ed McCrane.
The evacuation centers will be available for those who live in evacuation level A, which are all the red areas on the map, which includes mobile homes, RVs and those who live on boats, regardless of where they are in the community.
“Remember these evacuation centers are a last resort measure if you can stay with friends or family or leave the area or make other arrangements that would be better for you, and If you live in a home outside of an evacuation area that you’ve protected with impact windows or hurricane shutters, built since 2002 you are safe in your home for this type of event, don’t go to the evacuation center unless you need to as a last resort," said McCrane.
However, if you are in evacuation level A with a home built since 2002, you will need to evacuate in case of a storm surge. McCrane says everyone going to an evacuation center will need to be there Tuesday before 8PM and the amount of time you will be in the evacuation center will depend on the storm.
“So that we can make sure we are not impacted by any arrival of winds, it could be tomorrow night or it could be as late as Wednesday and if the storm passes us on Wednesday we will remain in the evacuation center until no more storm threats are available for a minimum I believe its going to be Tuesday and Wednesday evening," said McCrane.
Here is a list of Sarasota County Schools open for evacuations:
Atwater Elementary School - 4701Huntsville Ave, North Port, FL 34288
Booker High School - 3201 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234
Brookside Middle School - 3636 S Shade Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239
Fruitville Elementary School - 601 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232
Gulf Gate Elementary School - 6500 S Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231
Heron Creek Middle School - 6501 W Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34291
North Port High School - 6400 W Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34291
Phillippi Shores Elementary School -4747 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
Riverview High School - 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231
Southside Elementary School - 1901 Webber St, Sarasota, FL 34239
Taylor Ranch Elementary School - 2500 Taylor Ranch Trail, Venice, FL 34293
Woodland Middle School - 2700 Panaced Blvd, North Port, FL
For more information you can visit Sarasota County's website here or call 311.