Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Hurricane Preparation

Hurricane season runs from June 1 until November 30 each year. Residents need to have a plan for a disaster. Disaster plans will keep you and your family prepared for challenges that may arise from a disaster or emergency situation.

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center offers emergency management services and works closely with other Manatee and Sarasota County emergency management professionals. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is active in the Manatee County Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness (CHAMP). CHAMP is a group of healthcare providers working as a team to address the health needs of the community before, during and after a disaster.

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s Hospital Incident Command Center is activated when there is a potential approaching hurricane or when other types of major events merits such activation. Once activated, the hospital command center will be maintained by administrative and medical staff throughout the duration of an event. The hospital reviews details of an event often and with great scrutiny before making any decision to cancel elective surgeries and may discharge as many non-critical patients as possible before an event such as a hurricane is expected to make landfall.

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is affiliated with Universal Health Services. UHS subsidiaries own and operate more than 235 acute care and behavioral health facilities and surgery centers in 37 states. UHS facilities help support one another in times of need.

From our corporate headquarters in King of Prussia, PA, to the communities we serve in 37 states, plus the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom, we take pride in being a good citizen and a partner in health. Hospitals are not designated community, medical or special needs shelters. Residents should have a designated location with family or friends living in non-evacuation areas. As a last resort, residents should identify the evacuation shelters closest to their homes and take enough food, medications and supplies for many days. Residents with special or medical needs must identify and register for these special-needs designated shelters.

Please visit the county websites for more information: or You can also visit Florida's Southwest Red Cross Chapter website:

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was built according to the stringent Dade County guidelines and Florida Building Code to withstand a Category 4 Hurricane. Lakewood Ranch is not located in a flood plain area.

Hurricane infrastructure at the hospital includes:

  • Hurricane impact glass
  • Concrete building over shell
  • Redundant commercial power sources
  • Emergency water storage supplies
  • Designed to withstand winds up to 155 mph

Contact Information

Michael Harnish
Emergency Management Coordinator
Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center