TAVARES — With forecasts predicting Tropical Storm Fay to impact Central Florida, Lake County Schools will be closing on Tuesday, Aug. 19, and Wednesday, Aug. 20.
In addition, the Lake County Citizens Information Line (352-253-9999) opened this afternoon to answer questions about Tropical Storm Fay. Three Lake County shelters will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday:
- Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg — special needs and pet friendly
- Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont — special needs and pet friendly
- Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St., Umatilla — special needs and pet friendly
The Lake County Emergency Operations Center will activate Tuesday morning to finalize preparations. Residents should start taking precautions to ensure the safety of their family and property, including checking their disaster supply kit, which should consist of:
- One gallon of water per person for five days
- Enough non-perishable food for five days
- A non-electric can opener; cooking tools and fuel; paper plates; and plastic utensils
- Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
- First-aid kit and two-week supply of prescribed medications
- Toiletries, garbage bags and re-sealable 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
- List of important phone numbers including the family’s local pharmacy, doctors and designated contacts the family can call in case of an emergency
Residents can also prepare for Tropical Storm Fay by reviewing their family disaster plan. A family disaster plan is a plan of action for you and your family that can go a long way toward reducing potential suffering from any type of disaster that could strike. A few tips to preparing a family-disaster plan include:
- Plans should be kept simple. The best emergency plans are those that are easy to remember.
- If you must evacuate your home, it’s always best to take your pets with you.
- Be familiar with escape routes in case you need to evacuate your neighborhood. Plan several escape routes for different contingencies.
- Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
- Select one calling point, possibly a friend or relative, where family members can check in, if they are separated from the rest of the family.
- Learn and post emergency phone numbers and information.
For more storm information, log on to http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/hurricane_guide/ or call the Citizens Information Line at (352) 253-9999.