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Evening update from the Lake County EOC

RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2007

TAVARES — The following information is an update from the Lake County EOC:
  • Residents are encouraged to first contact their home insurance company before seeking building permits [see attachment] or FEMA assistance. To apply for FEMA assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA or log on to www.fema.gov.  

  • Two Disaster Recovery Centers are scheduled to be open Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. These centers provide people with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists. Representatives with the state and federal governments will be on site to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs are also available to individuals. FEMA assistance helps supplement insurance claims. The centers are located at:
    • 1985 Laurel Manor Drive
      Lady Lake, FL 32162
    • 31029 Lake Mack Road
      DeLand, FL 32720 

  • A preliminary storm survey by the National Weather Service determines that separate F-3 tornadoes impacted the communities of Lady Lake and Lake Mack. Current disaster assessment in the affected unincorporated Lake County areas includes:
    • Lady Lake
      • 101 damaged residences
      • 35 destroyed residences
    • Lack Mack
      • 76 damaged residences
      • 31 destroyed residences

  • This morning the Lake County Health Department sent four Disaster Community Health Assessment Teams (DCHAT) to the impacted communities. Two teams were deployed to the Lady Lake area and two worked in the Paisley and Lake Mack communities. Each team, comprised of a nurse and environmental health specialist, assessed residents for medical, environmental and mental-health needs. The teams distributed educational materials and administered approximately 20 tetanus shots to residents who had received minor injuries while clearing debris and damage.

  • The following water and ice distribution and Salvation Army feeding sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 5:
    • Lady Lake American Legion, 669 W. Lady Lake Blvd.
    • 31039 Lake Mack Road
    • Lady Lake Mobile Home Park, 2934 Lake Griffin View Road (feeding station only)

  • At this time, no further assistance is needed from independent debris haulers. Emergency management officials thank those that offered their services, but the County’s and Town of Lady Lake’s contracted debris haulers are out in the field and working diligently. For all storm debris-related issues, Lake County residents ONLY 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 Town of Lady Lake Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office are asking motorists to stay out of the affected areas. Increased traffic around these areas only slows down recovery efforts.

  • Lake County emergency workers and relief staff appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. Emergency management officials are strongly encouraging people from dropping off donations as it is hindering some relief efforts. It is requested that all monetary donations be placed through a non-profit disaster agency.

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