TAVARES – Lake County Emergency Management and The National Weather Service are urging residents to know their risks and be ready in the case of a severe weather emergency.
During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 2-8, national and local emergency management officials will highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes.
“The goal is preparedness,” said Lake County Emergency Operations Manager Tommy Carpenter. “Anything can happen at any time – and that includes more than just weather emergencies.”
Last year, Lake County activated its Emergency Operations Center twice: for the Summer Bay Resort sinkhole and the Blue Rhino plant explosion. Nationwide, there were seven weather and climate disaster events including tornados, a major flood and the western drought/heat wave.
All residents should purchase a NOAA weather radio and sign up to receive emergency alerts by phone and email from AlertLake by emailing email@example.com or online at www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: AlertLake. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for weather text alerts from their favorite media outlets.
National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is the ideal time to take a few simple safety steps, such as developing a family communication plan and preparing a disaster supply kit. To find out more about what should go into this kit, visit www.stormsurge.noaa.gov/preparedness-supplykit.html.
To find out more, call the Lake County Public Safety Department, Emergency Management Division at 352-343-9420 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_safety/emergency_management. For the most up-to-date information during an emergency, follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement/ and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.