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City declares a Local State of Emergency

Post Date:08/30/2019 2:52 PM

Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613                 

Sarasota, FL:  In preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian, the City of Sarasota has declared a Local State of Emergency. City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Emergency Manger Todd Kerkering and concurrence with Mayor Liz Alpert, approved the declaration Friday morning.  

Declaring a Local State of Emergency in advance of the storm provides the City with more flexibility regarding expenditures and allocating resources.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level 2 activation and staff will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

While the path of Hurricane Dorian is uncertain, residents are encouraged to review their emergency preparedness plans for themselves and their families, know their evacuation level and the location of nearby evacuation centers.  No mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the City at this time.

City departments began activating preparedness plans earlier this week with Public Works crews clearing vulnerable storm drains, Parks and Recreation crews removing equipment from all 55 parks that could be damaged or cause damage in high winds, and building inspectors advising builders that construction materials and sites must be properly secured.  Contractors for possible lift station pumping and storm debris removal have been contacted and their availability confirmed.

At this time, the Regular City Commission meeting is planned for Tuesday, September 3 at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The City of Sarasota will continue to update residents as information becomes available. The public is advised to follow local media reports as well as the City’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor accounts for storm information and updates.  On all social media platforms, the City’s handle is “City of Sarasota”.  Please look for the blue checkmark indicating the accounts are verified, official accounts of the City. 

For more information contact Jan Thornburg, Senior Communications Manager:  941-954-2613.


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov


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