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For immediate release - October 23, 2005

Lake County opens shelter at Leesburg Elementary

TAVARES — The Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is opening one shelter located at Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., starting at 4 p.m. for residents that do not feel safe in their homes and have no other sheltering options.

“We’re providing this service to reassure residents that don’t feel comfortable in their own homes and cannot shelter with family or friends,” said Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division. “We are not encouraging anyone to leave their home.”

Services at the shelter will be operated by the American Red Cross, Lake County Schools, Lake County Health Department, Lake County Animal Services Division and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Pets will be accepted at the shelter. All pets accepted at the shelter must be crated and have documentation of up-to-date rabies vaccinations.

Residents that feel the need to shelter at the County facility should bring:

  • Identification
  • Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
  • Two-week supply of medication
  • Basic toiletries
  • Extra clothing
  • Battery-operated radio and flashlight
  • Personal items such as books and toys for children

For more information about hurricane preparedness, call the Citizens Information Line at (352) 343-9732 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov.

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Lake County Hurricane Guide

Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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