CLERMONT – Severe Weather Awareness Week is Feb. 2-6 in Florida. In recognition, the Lake County Emergency Management Division is collaborating with local law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies to host a public outreach event from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Lake County Sheriff's Office South District Sub-Station, located at 15855 State Road 50 in Clermont.
Participants include the Lake County Emergency Management Division, the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lake EMS, Clermont Fire Department, Clermont Police Department, The American Red Cross, the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Citizens can expect to get an up-close look at vehicles used during disasters while learning how to better prepare themselves for all types of emergencies. The Lake County Emergency Management Division will provide weather radios to citizens at the event, free of charge, while supplies last.
Weather radios are equipped with a special alarm tone that allows National Weather Service forecasters to alert citizens about upcoming urgent information and life-threatening events in their vicinity.
“A weather radio can mean the difference between life and death, particularly in the case of a fast-approaching tornado,” said Tommy Carpenter, Manager of the Lake County Emergency Management Division. “Sometimes there are only minutes to spare when seeking cover, and a weather radio provides the fastest and most accurate warning, which is why we encourage all citizens to have a properly working NOAA weather radio at home.”
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.