TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, is preparing for any potential impacts from Tropical Storm Ernesto.
At this time, the Lake County Emergency Operations Center is at a Level III monitoring stage. According to predictions from the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Ernesto could briefly impact Lake County beginning the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 30. An inland tropical storm warning is in effect for Lake County until 11 p.m. Wednesday.
There are no school or government offices closures to report at this time, however Lake County Schools will dismiss all students one hour earlier than the normal early dismissal schedule on Wednesday: high school at 12:30 p.m., elementary at 1 p.m.; and middle at 2 p.m.
Tropical Storm Ernesto could also bring several inches of rainfall to Lake County. Due to current dry conditions, it is unlikely flooding conditions will be present. 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
While Lake County is not expected to be severely impacted by the storm, residents can prepare for the hurricane season by stockpiling a disaster supply kit. A supply kit will help a family better cope with an emergency situation, such as a hurricane. 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 Emergency Management Division during normal business hours at (352) 343-9420 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.com