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Lake County welcomes donations to continue free weather-radio program for at-risk residents

RELEASE DATE: March 7, 2008

TAVARES — Less than a month after announcing its new weather-radio program for at-risk families, Lake County has issued its entire stock of free weather radios to qualifying families.
"Unfortunately, the donations we received from a car wash sponsored by Rock Lake Middle School students in Longwood through the VolunteerLAKE program and from the Florida Division of Emergency Management only allowed us to purchase so many units," said Jerry Smith, Director of Lake County Public Safety’s Emergency Management Division. "As we apply for new grants and work to attract more donors, we hope to add more resources to continue this beneficial program."

The free weather-radio program was offered on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants as funding sources and supplies existed. Residents who are considered at-risk include low-income households, residents 65 years of age or older, children 12 years of age or younger or individuals with disabilities that impede their escape action. Low income is determined by the state income guidelines from Lake County’s Department of Community Affairs.

For more information about weather radios, call the Lake County Emergency Management Division at (352) 343-9420. Interested individuals that may be interested in donating to the free weather-radio program, call VolunteerLAKE at (352) 742-6590 or log on to www.1-800-volunteer.org/1800Vol/VolunteerLAKE.

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