TAVARES - The Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is currently at Level 3 - Monitoring. Emergency Management is communicating with the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date information and will adjust the EOC activation levels as required.
In Lake County, hurricane hazards may include heavy rainfall, high winds, inland flooding and tornadoes, with some hazards coming without warning. Preparedness is key.
Sandbags are available at the following four Lake County fire stations:
Fire Station 10
23023 State Road 40
Fire Station 14
42700 State Road 19
Fire Station 53
2505 Spring Lake Road
Fire Station 110
6234 County Road 561
Residents must bring their own shovels, and are allowed to take 20 bags of sand per household. Hours for pickup are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. until further notice.
Follow these safety tips to avoid flooding dangers:
* Monitor your NOAA Weather Radio for vital weather-related information.
* "Turn Around Don't Drown."
* Get to higher ground as soon as possible.
* Avoid roads already flooded and never drive through flooded roadways.
* Be especially cautious when driving at night when it's harder to recognize flood dangers.
* If heavy rain is forecast or occurring, move vehicles and camp sites away from waterways.
Residents are also encouraged to develop a family communication plan, decide on a meeting location in the case of an emergency, and prepare a disaster go-kit, including important personal, medical and legal papers, stored in a safe place. To find out more about what should go into this kit, visit www.ready.gov.
For additional details about planning for an emergency, contact Lake County Emergency Management at 352-343-9420 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/emergency and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.