TAVARES — The Lake County Emergency Management Division is actively preparing for Tropical Storm Alberto and emergency officials are encouraging residents to do the same.
Weather forecasters are predicting sustained tropical-force winds, greater than 39 mph, will begin to impact Lake County at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13. In addition, three inches or more of rain is expected to fall in Lake County as a result of the storm.
Sandbags are currently available at three Lake County fire stations. Residents may stop by the fire station where sand and bags are available to fill. Residents must bring their own shovels. Sandbags are limited to 25 per household.
- Station 14, 42700 State Road 19, Altoona
- Station 53, 2505 Spring Lake Road, Fruitland Park
- Station 109, 11630 Lakeshore Drive, Clermont
Current closures for Tuesday include summer school and the extended learning centers (ELC) for Lake County Schools.
Lake County residents with questions about Tropical Storm Alberto preparations can call the Citizens Information Line at (352) 343-9732. The citizen call line is open until 8 p.m. Monday and will reopen Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“This will provide a resource for our citizens during the storm,” said Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division.
Residents can prepare for the storm by stockpiling a disaster supply kit. A supply kit will help your family better cope with the situation. Recommended items for a disaster supply kit include:
- One gallon of water daily per person for five days
- Enough non-perishable food for the household for at least five days
- A non-electric can opener; cooking tools and fuel; paper plates; and plastic utensils
- Toiletries, such as toothpaste and brush; deodorant and soap; shaving equipment; personal hygiene supplies; shampoo; wash cloth and towel; and toilet paper
- Supplies for infants, including diapers and formula
- Supplies for senior citizens, including special dietary considerations and incontinence pads
- At least two weeks supply of prescribed family medicines, as well as a typical first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic cream, headache medicine and antacids Blankets and pillows
- Battery-powered radio and flashlight; and extra batteries
- A waterproof container with extra cash and important documents, such as insurance, bank account and Social Security cards
- A list of important phone numbers including the family’s local pharmacy, doctors and designated contacts the family can call in case of an emergency
For more storm preparation information, call the Lake County Citizens Information Line at (352) 343-9732 or log on to www.lakegovernment.com.