EUSTIS — The City of Eustis Public Safety Department and the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, is reminding Eustis residents who received a survey in the mail regarding the response to the Sept. 20 tornado to return it as soon as possible.
The survey, which is a cooperative effort between the City of Eustis and Lake County, was mailed to about 40 property owners who suffered the greatest impact from the event based on collected information. To date, about half of the surveys have been returned.
“The City of Eustis, Lake County, Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery, American Red Cross, and many other organizations have been a tremendous asset in providing damage assessment information and identifying needs in the community,” said Fred Cobb, Public Safety Director for the City of Eustis. “However, we felt that this survey opportunity would solicit additional feedback from the most impacted property owners regarding the response and recovery efforts.”
At about 11 p.m. on Sept. 20, an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 100-105 mph touched down in Eustis. The magnitude of the event was not enough to result in a presidential disaster declaration, which allows disaster areas to become eligible to receive most forms of federal disaster assistance. However, officials still want to identify any remaining needs in the community and solicit feedback. The information received will also help officials gather any additional information not already gathered from property owners to take one last look at disaster declaration eligibility from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
For more information, call Sean Loughlin, Disaster Assistance Coordinator with the Lake County Emergency Management Division, at (352) 343-9420.