Hurricane Season June through November

Family Hurricane Preparation

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Welcome to the Lakewood Ranch Community Emergency Response Team




On Our Web Site

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Here is information to help you and your family plan and prepare for disasters that may affect our area. You will find information about hurricane threats, evacuation routes, County flood zones, home disaster supply kit items, checklists and links to other helpful information.
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This section of our web site contains information of special interest for CERT members. It contains neighborhood maps, first aid and rescue skill reviews, policy and procedure guidelines, radio channel assignments, and notices of upcoming events for members.
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Upcoming Program:

Lakewood Ranch Resident Hurricane Preparedness: How to keep yourself and your family safe

Thursday, March 7th, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Town Hall

  • Doesn’t it make sense to learn how threats from hurricanes, tornadoes and floods can impact you and your family here in Lakewood Ranch. Be prepared. Have a plan.
  • What homeowners need to understand when there are more victims than rescuers.
  • How to get extreme weather alerts for hurricanes, tornadoes and floods impacting our areaß
  • How to decide whether to stay or to evacuate.
  • If you evacuate: When to leave, where to go, what to bring with you.
  • If you stay: How to shelter-in-place, what supplies to have on hand, how to harden your home.
  • If you go to a shelter: Which ones will be open, do they accept pets, what will you have to bring with you.
  • Special needs populations. Disaster planning for your pets.
  • Display and samples of disaster supplies to have on hand, portable solar chargers, durable food stocks.
  • How CERT teams are organized to respond to disasters impacting our neighborhoods.
  • Helpful handouts, and much more.

EMAIL LWR.CERT@gmail.com to register or for more information.
REGISTER NOW. Space is limited!

CONTACT US to register or for more information.
Space is limited!

Our Mission

  • Educate our residents about the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters, and how to be prepared.
  • Provide residents with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and their families safe, just in case.
  • Should a major disaster occur, ensure there are CERT-trained residents who can help their neighbors until emergency personnel can respond.


There are currently over 220 active and reserve CERT volunteers, organized into 27 neighborhood teams within the Lakewood Ranch community.

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June 2016 CERT course participants and instructors from East Manatee Fire Rescue.

Lakewood Ranch CERT, established in 2006 under a special Department of Homeland Security and FEMA program, is a volunteer organization of residents who receive special training to provide search and rescue, first aid and radio communications support in response to disasters and emergencies when professional responders may not be able to reach everyone as soon as help is needed. We are part of the Manatee County, Florida disaster response system and are located in and serve the residents of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, midway between Bradenton and Sarasota on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast.


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