TAVARES – With the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, now is the perfect time for residents to take a few simple safety steps to help keep their families prepared during any emergency.
On average, six hurricanes develop in the Atlantic Ocean each year, with three of them becoming major hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service.
“Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30, with the peak period ranging from early August through late October,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division Manager. “While all predictions point to a relatively quiet hurricane season again this year, it only takes one major storm to create a so-called bad season.”
In Lake County, hurricane hazards can include heavy rainfall, high winds, inland flooding and tornadoes. Therefore, emergency management officials urge 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.ready.gov.
All residents should also purchase a NOAA weather radio and sign up to receive local media 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 visit 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.