Sarasota, Florida, declares a local state of emergency for Hurricane Ian

Sarasota Mayor Erik Arroyo discusses the storm preparations underway in the city and his warning for people choosing to ride out the storm rather than evacuate.
2:53 | 09/27/22

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Transcript for Sarasota, Florida, declares a local state of emergency for Hurricane Ian
 APPRECIATE IT THANK YOU >> -- >> THE CITY OF SARASOTA HAS ALSO DECLARED A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY. CREWS HAVE BEEN CLERY STORM DRAINS AND MOBILIZING GENERATORS. SARASOTA MAYOR, ERIC ARROYO JOINS ME NOW FOR MORE ON THAT. MAYOR, THANKS FOR JOINING, ME I KNOW IT'S A BUSY TIME. CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH, WHAT IS YOUR CITY DOING RIGHT NOW TO PREPARE FOR A STORM THIS LARGE? >> THANK, YOU DIANE. WE'VE BEEN VERY PROACTIVE. WE ACTUALLY STARTED LAST WEEK WITH EMPTYING OUR STORM WATER DRAINS. WE HAVE BEEN SPEAKING WITH THE STATE AND THE COUNTY, WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. WE HAVE ISSUED A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY, COUNTY STATE OF EMERGENCY AND A STATEWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY. JUST SO YOU KNOW, OUR PRIMARY PRIORITY IS JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR RESIDENTS ARE SAFE. WE HAVE EVACUATED ZONE A, WHICH IS THE PEOPLE LIVING ON THE BARRIER ISLANDS AND THOSE LIVING ON TRAILER PARKS OR MOBILE HOMES OR RVS OR BOATS. WE'RE ALSO CLOSELY MONITORING THE SITUATION, WE'RE HAVING MORE THAN THREE MEETINGS PER DAY WITH ALL THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND IT IS. WHILE THE PUBLIC WORKS, WE'RE SEEING THAT OUR GENERATORS ARE READY TO GO. I FEEL FARMS ARE UP AND RUNNIN, WE HAVE POWER AND LIGHT STATIONED IN ONE OF OUR CITY FACILITIES. WE HAVE SANDBAGS BEING DISPERSED ANOTHER PART OF THE CITY, WE ARE AS READY AS WE CAN BE AND WE STARTED LAST WEEK, SO WE'RE BEING VERY PROACTIVE AND WE'RE ASKING OUR RESIDENTS TO ALSO BE PROACTIVE. >> WHAT HAPPENS IF PEOPLE DECIDE TO RIDE OUT THE STORM INSTEAD OF EVACUATING? >> WELL, WE ARE NOT ASKING PEOPLE IN ZONES THAT ARE NOT ON THE WATERFRONT, OR IF THEY LIVED IN SOME MOBILE HOME OR ABOUT TO LEAVE. WE'RE ASKING THEM TO HUNKER, DOWN WHERE IN THIS TOGETHER. JUST EXPECT STRONG WINDS, EXPECT STORM SURGE. WE ARE ALSO ALMOST GUARANTEED TO BE HIT BY THIS, SO WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO DO IT TIMELY. WE CANNOT WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE AND WE THINK WE HAVE TIME. WE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE FULL STATE RIGHT NOW, WE ASK THAT YOU GO TO FLORIDA DISASTER.GOV. THERE'S A CHECKLIST OF WHAT YOU SHOULD GET AND ALL WE CAN DO IS JUST HAVE EACH OTHER. LET'S HUNKER DOWN, AND LET'S STAY SAFE. >> WHAT HAPPENS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN AN EVACUATION ZONE BUT THEY DON'T HAVE A CAR, FOR EXAMPLE, OR MOBILITY ISSUES AND THEY FEEL LIKE THEY CAN'T LEAV? >> WE HAVE MANY, MANY SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THEM. WE BASICALLY HAVE AN UBER-LIKE SYSTEM THAT IS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITH THE COUNTY. WE ALSO HAVE ALL SORTS OF EMERGENCY PERSONNEL THAT ARE HERE TO HELP. NEIGHBORS, COMMUNITIES, ALSO VOLUNTEERS WILLING TO DO THIS. BUT PLEASE REACH OUT AND WE WILL HELP YOU.

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