TAVARES – While the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season may be officially over, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division is reminding residents that emergencies can happen at any time.
The winter months bring their own set of dangers, including severe weather and wildfires, according to the state Division of Emergency Management. During winter and spring, cold fronts moving through the state may cause dry soil and an increased chance of wildfires. Cold fronts can also increase the threat of severe weather, particularly tornadoes
“We want to stress preparedness over complacency,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County Emergency Management Division manager. “Everyone should have a family emergency plan, a disaster supply kit, a weather radio, and know the safest place inside their home and where their closest shelter is located.”
Because it has been nine years since a hurricane has made landfall in the state, Lake County emergency officials are urging citizens to be sure their disaster supply kits are fully stocked and up-to-date. Disaster supply kits should include a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, which will alert listeners to warnings of possible tornadoes, severe storms and wildfires. To find out more about what should be in a disaster supply kit, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/hurricane_guide/.
The Lake County Emergency Management Division’s AlertLake system also allows residents to receive emergency information by telephone, cell phone or email for severe weather, missing persons, hazardous materials spills, law enforcement advisories and wildfires. To sign up, visit http://lake.emtel911.com/reg/.
For additional information about The Lake County Emergency Management Division, call 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.