TAVARES — Currently, the Lake County Emergency Operations Center is at a Level III / Monitoring as Tropical Storm Erika is forecasted to near Florida early next week.
“We continue to be in contact with the National Hurricane Center, but there are still many unknown variables to Erika’s path,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division Manager. “However, it only takes one major storm to create a so-called bad hurricane season, so we urge all residents to prepare. Now is the time to get a plan in place for yourself and your family.”
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.
Citizens should be aware of their closest emergency shelter location. Lake County shelters include Astatula Elementary, Leesburg Elementary, Lost Lake Elementary, Mascotte Elementary, Round Lake Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, Treadway Elementary, Umatilla Elementary and The Villages Elementary. This year, Lake County Emergency Management officials, along with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, announced that all nine of the county’s shelters would be pet-friendly. 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.
Residents should also consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio and sign up to receive local media weather text alerts.
For details about planning for an emergency, contact Lake County Emergency Management at 352-343-9420 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/emergency. For the information during an emergency, follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.