TAVARES — Lake County Emergency Management is tracking Hurricane Matthew as the governor has declared a state of emergency for all Florida counties. The Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is currently at Level 3 – Monitoring. Staff is communicating with the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date information and will adjust the EOC activation levels as needed.
“Lake County Emergency Management has been communicating and coordinating with local and state stakeholders to prepare for the possibility of impact to Lake County,” said Tommy Carpenter, Manager of Lake County Emergency Management. “All residents are strongly encouraged to continue personal and business preparedness planning, including having a disaster go-kit, stocking up on supplies, ensuring they have a working NOAA weather radio and monitoring reliable media sources for the latest information.”
Residents are 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.
Sandbags are available at four Lake County Fire Rescue stations. Residents must bring their own shovels, and are allowed to take 20 bags of sand per household. Pickup hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the following locations:
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
To sign up for the latest emergency notifications, visit www.alertlake.com. For more information about Emergency Management, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/emergency and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.