TAVARES – Nearly two weeks into the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, Lake County Emergency Management officials are excited to announce that all nine of the county’s emergency shelters are now pet-friendly.
“We are aware of how important pets are to many of our citizens, so we are thrilled to have worked with the Lake County Sheriff and the School Board to ensure people can bring their pets with them during emergencies,” said Tommy Carpenter, Manager of Lake County Emergency Management. “It is important to know that all pets arriving to county shelters will need to be crated and owners must bring their animal’s vaccination records along with food and water.”
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.
Before any emergency, citizens should be aware of these basic tips:
• Have a family disaster plan and communication plan.
• Know your risk and if you need to evacuate.
• Prepare a disaster supply kit. Visit www.ready.gov for details on what should go inside.
• Purchase a battery-powered NOAA weather radio.
• Sign up to receive local media weather text alerts.
• Keep important documents in a water-proof container.
• Have cash on hand.
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.