Riviera Dunes Community Emergency Plan



Master Association Responsibilities

The Master Association shall notify all Neighborhood Associations and Owners that Riviera Dunes is located in an area having potential hurricane and flooding hazards, and will provide to Owners, or Neighborhood Associations for distribution to Owners, a document containing information including evacuation procedures, emergency procedures, the necessity for Flood Insurance in addition to standard homeowner policies, property loss mitigation strategies including elevation, construction of safe rooms and window protection.

Purpose of the Community Emergency Plan

  • To identify responsibilities of the Riviera Dunes Board of Directors
  • To establish effective COMMUNICATION among the residents, Association Boards, and the management of the Riviera Dunes community before, during, and after extreme weather conditions.


This plan stresses the importance of effective communication. A clear message consisting of information useful to the receiver of the message. During the course of an emergency situation, communications will be issued by Federal, State, and the City of Palmetto governments and associated agencies (such as FEMA, local police and fire, etc.). Residents will be subjected to information from the internet, email, public broadcasting and telecasting, weather announcements, and bulletin boards located in the respective clubhouse’s, mailrooms and resident buildings.



The Emergency Contact Directory – will be maintained by the RDM Secretary and distributed to the Master Association Board Directors as needed.

Hurricane Disaster Plans for each individual community association will be posted on this WEBSITE. Each Master Association Director is responsible for providing individual association Plans to the Master Association before June 1, 20XX each year.

Hurricane preparation plan

Much of the United States population lives within striking distance of a summer or early fall hurricane. It is important for people who live in these areas to have preparation plans well before a hurricane threatens. Here are some tips that you can use to design and implement a hurricane preparation plan.

Evacuation orders may be issued as either voluntary or mandatory evacuation.

  • Voluntary means storms coming close to the area, high winds, potential flooding, and hazardous conditions.
  • Mandatory means storms hitting the area, high winds, flooding, water and electricity shut off, elevators shut down, life threatening.

NOTE: When a mandatory evacuation order is issued, ALL residents must evacuate.

Residents who ignore an evacuation order must be aware that they will be in harm’s way and subject to dangerous winds and high water. Emergency services (fire, police, and medical) will not be available, elevators will not be in operation, and water and electricity may be shut off. Residents should not return until an all clear is given AND all utilities, elevators, and emergency services are restored.

Plan an evacuation route

Use the City of Palmetto Evacuation Map Contact the local emergency management office (749-3500) or American Red Cross chapter (792-8686) and ask for the latest Hurricane Preparedness Guide. This plan should include information on the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters. Learn safe routes inland. Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place.

Evacuation Zones and Route Maps.

Have disaster supplies on hand

Flashlight and extra batteries. Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries. First aid kit and manual. Emergency food and water. Non-electric can opener. Essential medicines. Cash and credit cards, Sturdy shoes.

Make arrangement’s for pets

Pets may be allowed into emergency shelters. Contact the Manatee County Emergency Management office, (749-3500) for information on local animal shelters.

Emergency Pet Planning

Make arrangement for special needs

Contact Manatee County Emergency Management, (749-3500) and pre-register for the special needs shelter if you have medical needs. 

Special Needs/Medical  Sheltering Plan

Include all family members in plan

Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, fire or ambulance service and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

Develop an emergency FAMILY communication plan

Make sure all family members know how to respond after a hurricane. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact”. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

Post disaster recovery plan – re-entry program

The purpose of the Re-Entry Program is to accommodate a SAFE and ORDERLY return to the City of Palmetto, including Snead Island, FOLLOWING an emergency evacuation due to a hurricane or other incident which involves reentry. Returning to your business property or residence may be restricted depending upon the nature of the incident. For detailed instructions and information regarding the reentry program and process, please refer to one of the following links:

Emergency Phone Numbers:

City of Palmetto Risk Management Office

(941) 723-4580

Manatee County Emergency Management

General Information (941) 749-3500

Special Needs Registration (941) 749-3500

Emergency Information Center (941) 714-7114 ext. 911

Deaf Communications for TDD Messages (941) 742-5802

Red Cross

Manatee Chapter (941) 792-8686

Animal Services

(941) 742-5933

Please Do Not call 911 for Hurricane Information! The 911 line is reserved for life threatening emergencies only.