TAVARES — The Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated on Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, for a statewide hurricane exercise.
Representatives from a multitude of agencies, including Lake County Government, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Health Department, local municipalities and various other community partners, such as Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery, American Red Cross and Salvation Army, will prepare for the hurricane season, which began June 1 and extends to Nov. 30.
“This two-day exercise for the Lake County EOC will assist staff with collaborating, coordinating and facilitating our plans for the 2008 hurricane season,” said Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division. Smith also said EOC representatives will be reviewing new programs and initiatives that are implemented for this hurricane season, such as adjusting to a redesigned EOC and a revamped telephone system.
As local governments prepare for the 2008 hurricane season, residents are encouraged to do the same. When a disaster strikes, there may not be much time to act. Preparing now for an emergency will give you and your family time to enact a safe and well thought-out plan. After a disaster, local emergency officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they will not be able to reach everyone immediately. It could take hours or even days before help can get to your neighborhood. Preparing a disaster supply kit will help your family better cope with the situation. Some necessary items in every disaster supply kit include:
• One gallon of water per person for five days
• Enough non-perishable food for five days
• Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
• First-aid kit and two-week supply of prescribed medications
• Toiletries, garbage bags and resealable plastic bags
• Extra clothing and rain gear
• Battery-operated NOAA weather radio, AM/FM radio and flashlight
• Infant and senior citizen necessities
• Disposable camera to record damage to property
• Important papers such as insurance, bank account and Social Security cards
• A list of important phone numbers including the family’s local pharmacy, doctors and designated contacts the family can call in case of an emergency
For more hurricane preparation information, call the Lake County Emergency Management Division at (352) 343-9420 or log on to Lake County Online Hurricane Guide.