For immediate release - October 21, 2005
TAVARES — Though Hurricane Wilma may not severely impact Lake County this weekend; families are always encouraged to update their disaster supply kit.
Residents should begin by making sure disaster supplies are stocked including:
- At least a four-day supply of bottled water
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food items
- A manual can opener
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-operated radio
- At least one month’s supply of medications
- First-aid kit
Other items typically included in a disaster supply kit are basic toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper and personal hygiene supplies, blankets, pillows and a waterproof bag of important documents, such as emergency contact numbers and insurance information.
If the family has pets, it is also recommended to keep a pet disaster supply on hand. A pet disaster supply kit should include items such as food, water, registration records, medications, proof of vaccination, a leash and collar.
“With a threat of a hurricane making landfall in Florida, this is a perfect time for a family to replenish or assemble their disaster supply kit,” said Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division.
For more information about hurricane preparedness, call the Citizens Information Line at (352) 343-9732 or log on to the online hurricane guide.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445