TAVARES — Lake County continues to achieve a high level of community readiness in the event of a natural disaster and promotes enhanced public education of potential dangers.
That’s according to the Melbourne National Weather Service (NWS) StormReady® Advisory Board, which has renewed Lake County’s StormReady® recognition. First attained in 2003, it will remain in effect through August 12, 2021.
“The communication infrastructure and level of severe weather readiness throughout the county will undoubtedly minimize the loss of life and property in the future,” reads a letter written by Scott Spratt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “The severe weather procedures currently in place throughout the county far exceed the minimum requirements of the StormReady® program.”
Some of the requirement to be StormReady® include establishing a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; having more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public, creating a system that monitors weather conditions locally, promoting the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and developing a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. In fact, Lake County recently partnered with the National Weather Service to train 65 new SKYWARN weather spotters.
While the county continues to work to educate employees, partner agencies and local citizens about hazardous weather, there are steps citizens can take now to help safeguard them from their impacts.
“The Atlantic hurricane season is typically at its busiest between now and the end of October, with the hurricane season ending Nov. 30,” said Tommy Carpenter, Director of the Lake County Office of Emergency Management. “While this is good news that the Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast has been lowered, please remember, ‘it only takes one!’ Our office strongly encourages all community stakeholders to be aware of local and tropical weather conditions, maintain personal and professional preparedness, and register with AlertLake.”
AlertLake is Lake County’s emergency notification system that can provide important information regarding severe weather and public safety emergencies. Registration is fast, free at www.alertlake.com.