Weather Woes

City of Sarasota Declares State of Emergency After Rain and Flooding

Gov. Ron DeSantis also declared a state of emergency for Sarasota, Broward, Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade counties. Here's what that means.

By Megan McDonald June 13, 2024

After record rainfall, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the City of Sarasota have declared states of emergency for Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota, respectively.
After record rainfall, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the City of Sarasota have declared states of emergency for Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota, respectively.

In response to this week's heavy rain and flooding—and in preparation for possible additional rain to come—the City of Sarasota has declared a local state of emergency. City manager Marlon Brown approved the declaration in consultation and coordination with Sarasota County officials, Emergency Manager Todd Kerkering and City of Sarasota Mayor Liz Alpert.

Declaring a local state of emergency provides the city with more flexibility regarding expenditures and resource allocations, which may be necessary with additional rainfall and potential flooding forecasted and the damage it could cause.

In addition to the local state of emergency in the city, on Wednesday Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Sarasota County, as well as Broward, Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade, which also experienced record rain and flooding. Doing so allows Ken Guthrie, Florida's emergency management director, to execute the "response, recovery, and mitigation plans necessary." Per the memo, it allows Guthrie the "authority to coordinate the allocation of resources from such other states that are made available to Florida."

Local businesses that experienced flooding this week or whose operations are impacted due to flooding should complete this survey. Information collected will be compiled and presented for possible assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Both residential and commercial property owners who experienced flooding this week are encouraged to report it to the City of Sarasota by emailing [email protected]. The information collected will be included in a report submitted to the federal government for possible assistance from FEMA.

Hurricane Season Is Here

Hurricane season is underway through Nov. 30, and residents should make sure to be prepared for what forecasters are calling an above-average storm season. Here are basic tips to ensure you're ready if a storm hits.

  • Gather supplies by taking advantage of Florida's Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which ends Friday, June 14. A list of tax-free items—including generators, radios, batteries, power banks, and more—can be found here.
  • Have enough food and water for each family member and pet for 3-5 days and plan for possible extended power outages.
  • Make sure to have important documents, medications and more in a central, easily accessible location in case of evacuation, as well.
  • Register for Alert Sarasota County to receive alerts and updates via text, email or phone. (City of Sarasota residents should select "City of Sarasota" in the dropdown menu to receive messages for their area.)
  • Know your elevation and evacuation zone.
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