Manatee County Chief of Emergency Management Matt Myers Speaks at 2024 Hurricane Preparedness Event

Emergency Management Chief Myers Speaks at 2024 Hurricane Prep Event

Manatee County Chief of Emergency Management Matt Myers was the featured guest speaker at the 2024 Hurricane Preparedness session on June 20 sponsored by Del Webb Lakewood Ranch’s CERT team.

The 2024 hurricane season started on June 1. A mere 20 days into the season, the first storm – Alberto – was named by the Hurricane Center.

This year is predicted to be a very active hurricane season. According to Del Webb CERT President Howard Malis, “Now is the time to prepare your home and make any necessary purchases to be comfortable if the community feels the effects of a storm.”

Guest speaker Matt Myers reminded Del Webb residents of the difference between a watch and a warning, how to sign up for a special needs shelter, and the importance of signing up for Alert Manatee.

Alert Manatee is the best resource for getting official information from the county,” said Myers. He also stresses the importance of getting information from trusted local resources like radio and television stations that stay in communication with Manatee County.

Myers reminds us to make a plan now that includes:

  • How to communicate with loved ones
  • Buying a supply of non-perishable food along with a manual can opener
  • Have cash on hand if electricity goes out for days
  • Extra medications if pharmacies are closed for a prolonged period
  • Make sure your pets have enough food and medication

“Part of the Del Webb CERT team mission is educating residents about threats and disaster preparedness like this 2024 hurricane preparedness event. We also respond to major community disasters until first responders arrive, said Malis. “We provide safety support by maintaining a communication network to first responders and county emergency management.”

“We also have a website ( available to residents with information and links on how to prepare for different threats that Del Webb residents could experience” said Malis. “Building a disaster kit doesn’t have to hit your wallet all at once. Picking up a few items each week will build your kit in no time.”