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Community to host hurricane preparedness meeting with speakers from Lake County Emergency Management, Red Cross

RELEASE DATE: June 20, 2006

TAVARES — Lake Port Square, a full-service retirement community located on County Road 44 near the intersection of U.S. Highway 441, will host a hurricane-preparation meeting on Thursday, June 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The meeting is open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 150 guests. Reserve a seat by calling (352) 728-1329.

Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division, along with a representative from American Red Cross, will be guest speakers at the event. Among the hurricane-preparation information Smith will stress to the audience is the importance of stockpiling a disaster supply kit.

Preparing a disaster supply kit will help your family better cope with a hurricane 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 hurricane preparation information, call the Lake County Emergency Management Division at (352) 343-9420 or log on to www.lakegovernment.com, keyword: hurricane.

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