TAVARES – National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31 and now is the ideal time for residents to take a few simple safety steps to keeping their families prepared and safe during a hurricane.
“The last major hurricane to strike the U.S. was Wilma in 2005, so we are due for another,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division Manager. “While the 2014 forecast seems to indicate unfavorable conditions for hurricanes, it only takes one major storm to create a bad season.”
In Lake County, hurricane hazards can include heavy rainfall, high winds, inland flooding and tornadoes.
Emergency management officials are urging residents to develop a family communication plan and prepare a disaster supply kit. To find out more about what should go into this kit, visit www.stormsurge.noaa.gov/preparedness-supplykit.html. Many items will be tax-free between May 31 and June 8 during Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies.
All residents should also purchase a NOAA weather radio and sign up to receive emergency alerts by phone and email from AlertLake by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: AlertLake. Local media outlets also offer weather text alerts.
Families should become aware of the locations of their closest county emergency shelter. Locations include: Astatula Elementary, Leesburg Elementary, Lost Lake Elementary, Mascotte Elementary, Round Lake Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, Treadway Elementary, Umatilla Elementary and The Villages Elementary.
To find out more, call The Lake County 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.