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For immediate release - June 21, 2005

Officials introduce new hurricane preparedness efforts

TAVARES — Officials from the Lake County Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Division released Monday two new informational pieces that are designed to help citizens prepare for hurricane season.

Lake County citizens searching for specific hurricane preparation information can now find a comprehensive guide online. The online guide includes more than 20 different articles about issues facing residents before a hurricane hits and after a storm passes. A few topics the articles address include: “Readying your home for hurricane season”; “Stockpiling a disaster supply kit”; “Registering for special needs shelters”; and “Keeping safe when using a generator.”

Posted along with the online articles is a new Lake County hurricane preparedness fact sheet. Information listed on the fact sheet includes shelter locations and basic supplies needed for a disaster supply kit.

According to Jerry Smith, Director of Lake County Emergency Management Division, the fact sheet was given to county, municipal and other agency leaders attending the Senior Leadership Briefing, held Monday at Lake Sumter Community College.

“It is our intent to distribute the flier to as many citizens as possible so they know all the particulars about preparing for a hurricane in Lake County,” Smith said.

The flier is currently only available in English, but a Spanish translation will be offered in the coming weeks.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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