Jul. 2—While the forecast was uncertain as of Friday morning, much of
Tropical Storm Elsa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane by
The impact on
"At this time,
Sign up for the county's Alert Manatee system and get emergency updates delivered by phone call, text message or email.
That could include evacuation notices, boil water advisories, weather warnings, and hazardous traffic or road conditions, the county said on its website.
"If you were previously signed up for CodeRED, you will no longer receive those alerts. You must sign up for the new Alert Manatee system to receive emergency alerts," the website states.
To sign up, enter the following URL in your internet browser:
To sign up anonymously via text, send the message "ManateeReady" to 888777. People who sign up using this method will not receive location-based alerts.
Evacuation levels and shelters
Each evacuation level corresponds with a "potential surge inundation," meaning the potential height of salt water — not freshwater or rainfall — from a storm surge.
A (red) has a potential surge of 11 feet.
B (orange) has a potential surge 14 feet.
C (yellow) has a potential surge 18 feet.
D (green) has a potential surge 27 feet.
E (purple) has a potential surge 33 feet.
"All residents and visitors in mobile homes, manufactured homes, RVs or travel trailers must evacuate when hurricane evacuation Level A is issued, regardless of where you're located," the county reported.
Special Needs Registry
To sign up, click on "Special Needs Registry" after visiting the following URL:
Stock up on supplies
While the list of useful hurricane supplies can seem never-ending, the
The agency recommends having enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last everyone in the household at least three days. It also recommends:
— Keeping a full gas tank.
— Having cash on hand.
— A battery-powered radio and flashlights.
— A portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for cellphones.
Generators and charcoal grills can also be helpful in the aftermath of a hurricane. However, neither should be used inside — an often deadly mistake.
Hurricanes during COVID-19
To prepare for an evacuation and possible sheltering, the
To see the agency's guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, visit the following URL online: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.
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