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Lake County declares a local state of emergency

RELEASE DATE: August 29, 2019

Tavares – Lake County Emergency Management is monitoring Hurricane Dorian, with the latest forecast showing the storm likely having some impact on Central Florida. In response, Lake County has declared a local state of emergency.

The Lake County Emergency Communications and Operations Center (ECOC) is now at Level 2 – Partial Activation.

At this time, preparation is key. Residents are encouraged to develop a family communication plan, decide in advance on a meeting location, and prepare a disaster go-kit including important personal, medical and legal papers to be stored in a safe place.


  • The Citizens Information Line is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 352-253-9999.


  • No county emergency shelters are open at this time.


Lake County Solid Waste is suspending bulk trash pickup due to Hurricane Dorian

Residents who have bulk trash are asked to secure it for later disposal when normal business resumes. Those wishing to dispose of bulk items before the storm may visit one of Lake County’s five convenience centers on Saturday. Convenience center locations and hauler contact information can be found online at: www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/solid_waste/. Any changes to collection following the storm will be announced. Residents are encouraged to secure yard debris and trash during the storm.


  • Non-perishable food (such as dried fruit or peanut butter)
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
  • Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels
  • Water – at least a gallon per person, per day
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Flashlights
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Can opener (manual)
  • Local maps
  • Pet supplies
  • Baby supplies (formula, diapers)
  • Prescription medications

  • Clear your yard. Make sure there’s nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage your home. Move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and building material inside or under shelter.
  • Cover up windows and doors outside. Use storm shutters or nail pieces of plywood to the window frames to protect your windows. This can help keep you safe from pieces of shattered glass.
  • Be ready to turn off your power. If you see flooding, downed power lines, or you have to leave your home, switch it off.
  • Fill clean water containers with drinking water in case you lose your water supply during the storm. You can also fill up your sinks and bathtubs with water for washing.
  • Lower the thermostat in your refrigerator and freezer to the coolest possible temperature. If your power goes out, your food will stay fresh longer. Read more about food safety after a storm.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank. You may also want to consider making plans with friends or family to get a ride.
  • Check your car’s emergency kit.
  • Move cars and trucks into your garage or under cover.


Sandbags have been made available at five Lake County location beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29. Residents must bring their own shovels and are allowed to take 20 bags of sand per household per 24-hour period. No tools will be provided at sand deployment sites and residents are responsible for filling their own sandbags. Sandbags will only be offered during designated times before a storm threat. No sandbags will be dispensed during storm conditions. Sandbags operations will cease as announced after the storm threat is over. Pickup hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Fire Station 10
    23023 State Road 40, Astor 
  • Fire Station 14 
    18840 County Road 42, Altoona
  • Fire Station 39
    31431 Walton Heath Ave., Sorrento
  • Fire Station 110 
    6234 County Road 561, Clermont
  • Solid Waste Residential Convenience Center
    1200 Jackson St., Lady Lake


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Lake County media contact:
Tiffany Henderson
Lead Public Information Officer

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