Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Helps Residents Prepare for Irma

Sep 8, 2017
Press Release
Urges Last-Minute Precautions

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan, back in Florida to help his district prepare for Hurricane Irma, today urged residents to take last-minute precautions to get ready for one of the worst natural disasters to hit Florida in years.

Buchanan was in Holmes Beach this morning boarding up windows and filling sandbags with local residents at the Holmes Beach Police Department. From there, he will attend a briefing at the Manatee Emergency Operations Center and then tour an emergency shelter in Bradenton.

“There is still time for people to take last-minute steps, such as boarding windows, laying sandbags, charging cell phones and making sure there is enough drinking water,” Buchanan said. “Hurricane Irma is extremely dangerous and everyone needs to be fully prepared.”

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The Center called the storm “life-threatening.”

Buchanan will also visit the following locations today:

  • 1:00 PM: Buchanan will help Bradenton residents fill sandbags at Stormwater Ops. 5511 39th Street East, Bradenton.  
  • 3:30 PM: Buchanan will participate in a media briefing at the Manatee Emergency Operations Center. 2101 47th Terrace East, Bradenton.
  • 4:30 PM: Buchanan will visit the emergency shelter at Nolan Elementary School. 6615 Greenbrook Blvd, Bradenton.

Buchanan left Washington Thursday evening to return to his district.