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Morning update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2007

TAVARES — The following information is an update from the Lake County EOC:
  • A Presidential disaster declaration was announced for Lake County yesterday. Residents are encouraged to first contact their home insurance company before seeking building permits [see attached sheet for more information] or FEMA assistance. To apply for FEMA assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA or log on to www.fema.gov.
  • Comprehensive disaster assessment teams deployed yesterday morning to the impacted communities and will continue to work in these areas for the foreseeable future. Preliminary damage estimates includes 440 damaged and destroyed structures and more than $15 million in property loss.
  • This morning the Lake County Health Department is sending four Disaster Community Health Assessment Teams (DCHAT) to the impacted communities. Two teams will be deployed to the Lady Lake area and two will be working in the Paisley and Lake Mack communities. Each team, comprised of a nurse and environmental health specialist, will be assessing residents for medical, environmental and mental-health needs.
  • Water and ice distribution and Salvation Army feeding sites are open until 6 p.m. at the following locations:
    • Lady Lake American Legion, located at County Road 466 and Rolling Acres Road
    • Paisley Fire Station, located at 25310 County Road 42 (water and ice only)
    • In the Lake Mack community at 31039 Lake Mack Road (water and ice only)
    • Corner of Oak Hill Road and U.S. Highway 441/27 (feeding station only)
    • Lady Lake Mobile Home Park, 2934 Lake Griffin View Road (feeding station only)
  • Two shelters are currently opened, but all special-need shelters have closed. All shelters are expected to go down to standby mode at 12 p.m. today.
    • First Baptist Church, located at 25145 Fisherman's Road, Paisley
    • Villages Elementary School, located at 695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake (pet friendly)
  • Family members and friends from out of state that want to check on loved ones are encouraged to log on to the Lake County Web site, www.lakecountyfl.gov, to fill out a well-being request form.
  • For all storm debris-related issues, Lake County residents are encouraged to call 1-866-540-2325 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. All Residents are encouraged to begin moving debris to the curb. Residents should make three separate piles: storm-related debris, vegetative debris and household trash. Please do not block mailboxes, driveways, storm drains or fire hydrants with debris. For a complete list of locations where residents can drop off debris, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov.
  • The Lake County Citizens Information Line (352-343-9732) will remain staffed until 9 p.m. today. For the next week, the Line will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lake County emergency workers and relief staff appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. It is requested that all donations be placed through the American Red Cross. For more information, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) / 1-800-257-7575 (Español).

 
MEDIA ADVISORY: Media escorts with the DCHAT and Animal Services tours are available through requests to the Mobile JIC.

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