SARASOTA-MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) - With Hurricane Mathew approaching, Governor Rick Scott urged Florida residents Sunday to be prepared for the storm.

The state will continue to hold twice daily calls with the National Hurricane Center and all 67 Florida counties as the storm approaches, to ensure that every local community has all available resources to prepare and respond to Hurricane Matthew.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon said, “Hurricane Matthew continues to pose a significant threat to Florida. I encourage everyone to take this potential threat seriously. Even if this storm does not make direct landfall, the significant risks of rip currents and severe weather will still exist. Take this time to ensure you and your family have a plan to remain safe, by visiting to assist in preparing for any possible impacts from this very dangerous storm.

The first step in staying safe during severe weather is to have a plan. Talk with your family members about what you would do during severe weather. Who would be your out-of-area contact? Where would you go if you were separated from your family members?