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CERT event organizer Karen Emanuelson, Manatee County Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer and CERT President Jim Emanuelson get together before the start of the event.

Lakewood Ranch hosts community event to attract emergency response volunteers.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

CERT event organizer Karen Emanuelson, Manatee County Emergency Management Chief Steve Litschauer and CERT President Jim Emanuelson get together before the start of the event.

Sarasota 2-year-old Kollyn Segal and her dad, Don Segal, meet Gunny, a horse with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office mounted patrol.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

Sarasota 2-year-old Kollyn Segal and her dad, Don Segal, meet Gunny, a horse with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office mounted patrol.

Myakka City 2-year-old Maverick Jones enjoys sitting in an East Manatee Fire Rescue truck.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

Myakka City 2-year-old Maverick Jones enjoys sitting in an East Manatee Fire Rescue truck.

East Manatee Emergency Services brought one of its mobile units to the event

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

East Manatee Emergency Services brought one of its mobile units to the event

Zachary Bradley, a deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, lets 7-year-old Preston Frost and 5-year-old Nolan Frost get a good look at his horse. The boys live in Greenbrook.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

Zachary Bradley, a deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, lets 7-year-old Preston Frost and 5-year-old Nolan Frost get a good look at his horse. The boys live in Greenbrook.

Peter Pino of Indigo lets his 5-year-old grandson Spencer get close to a horse ridden by Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Lauren Bradley, who trains horses for the mounted patrol.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

Peter Pino of Indigo lets his 5-year-old grandson Spencer get close to a horse ridden by Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Lauren Bradley, who trains horses for the mounted patrol.

Lakewood Ranch 9-year-old Yashaswi Gupta and 4-year-old Yatharth Gupta visit the back of the Search Rescue Manatee County vehicle.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

Lakewood Ranch 9-year-old Yashaswi Gupta and 4-year-old Yatharth Gupta visit the back of the Search Rescue Manatee County vehicle.

Steve Junot of Good Time Music entertains the crowd.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

Steve Junot of Good Time Music entertains the crowd.

Greenbrook 5-year-old Kestra Bencomo plays in a stream of bubbles under the watchful eye of her dad, Zach Bencomo.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

Greenbrook 5-year-old Kestra Bencomo plays in a stream of bubbles under the watchful eye of her dad, Zach Bencomo.

It might be a small alligator, but Dan Glenn of the Alligator Wildlife Discovery Center, makes sure it's not going to snap at anyone.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

It might be a small alligator, but Dan Glenn of the Alligator Wildlife Discovery Center, makes sure it's not going to snap at anyone.

Dan Glenn, the director of marketing for the Alligator Wildlife Discovery Center of Madeira Beach, lets Country Club's Jillian Sindoni and 2-year-old Aurora Sindoni get close to a baby alligator.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 |

Dan Glenn, the director of marketing for the Alligator Wildlife Discovery Center of Madeira Beach, lets Country Club's Jillian Sindoni and 2-year-old Aurora Sindoni get close to a baby alligator.

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