County leaders fear residences aren't prepared for hurricane season

Hurricane season starts June 1
Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 27, 2017

About fifty people walked through the Hurricane Expo at Manatee Technical College in Bradenton. They were there to learn about ways to protect homes and businesses from storms. The hurricane season is about a month away.

"Every citizen should have a plan, because people don't think it can happen to them," said Manatee County leader Karen Stewart.

Reviewing before the storm:

  1. Know evacuation routes
  2. Find friends and family for shelters
  3. Review your insurance policy

County leaders believe people in the Tampa Bay area are becoming complacent because the area hasn't seen a large storm in several years.

"What would you do if phone lines are down, do you know how you would communicate," said Manatee County leader Bruno Kapacinskas.

Manatee County leaders recommend putting the FEMA app on your phone for immediate severe weather updates.