On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-218 declaring a State of Emergency for 24 counties—including Sarasota and Manatee—in the potential path of Tropical Storm Ian. On Saturday, the governor expanded the executive order statewide.
DeSantis also requested a federal pre-landfall emergency declaration in anticipation of impacts from the storm, which would make available important resources and support, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measures.
Under this emergency order, members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby awaiting orders.
Tropical Storm Ian has the potential to become a major hurricane over the next few days, with Sarasota and Manatee feeling its impacts, including dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, strong winds, flash flooding and isolated tornadic activity. Everyone in it potential path should begin preparing and making sure their emergency supply kit is stocked with food, water and medicine.