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Emergency Management to hold two meetings about public-safety response to Groundhog Day tornadoes

RELEASE DATE: September 10, 2007

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, will hold two public meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Thursday, Sept. 27, to receive comments from residents about the public-safety response to the Groundhog Day tornadoes.

The first meeting on Sept. 25 is for residents in the Lake Mack and Paisley areas and will be held at Spring Creek Elementary, located at 44440 Spring Creek Road in Paisley, from 6 to 10 p.m. The second meeting on Sept. 27 is for residents in the Lady Lake area and will be held at the Lady Lake Municipal Complex, located at 409 Fennell Blvd., from 6 to 10 p.m.

At each meeting, attendees will be encouraged to participate by offering comments relative to their experience with an emphasis on coordination, best practices or solutions, problem identification and resolution. Residents will be given a specific time limit to speak during each meeting. The Lake County Emergency Management Division has contracted with Contractor Emergency Response Educators and Consultants Inc. of Ocala to conduct the public hearings and to create an after-action report with an improvement plan to help local community partners strengthen their response for future disaster situations.

If a resident is unable to attend and would like to submit written materials pertaining to the Groundhog Day tornadoes, send materials to Emergency Management, PO Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778, no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

For more information, contact Tommy Carpenter, Lake County's Emergency Management Operations Manager, at (352) 343-9420 or e-mail tcarpenter@lakecountyfl.gov. Any person requiring special accommodation for speech, hearing, language or other form of communication must notify Tommy Carpenter at (352) 343-9420 at least five days prior to each meeting.

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