MANATEE -- As Tropical Storm Erika continues on its current track toward Florida, to Manatee County Emergency Operations Center has no plans to be activated as of Wednesday afternoon.
Don Hermey, the county's emergency management division chief, said they are still at level three monitoring, which is a normal daily activity, according to a county document.
"Impacts to Manatee County probably aren't going to be until Sunday or Monday," Hermey said if the storm continues on its current track. "We are going to continue to monitoring into Friday. Hopefully by Friday afternoon, we will have some idea of a tentative plan."
Hermey advised residents to "stay tuned to local media to get the latest and greatest information." Manatee County will also update its social media accounts with new information, Hermey said.
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Residents should also "brush up on their own emergency plans for food, water, pets and any kind of special needs they may have," Hermey added.
If the storm keeps on the current track, Hermey said Broward County may do a partial activation of its EOC on Friday, Hermey said.
"We should know by Friday what we are going to need to be doing if anything," he said. "Unfortunately, this storm is still too far away."
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.