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Prepare for the 2014 Hurricane Season
 

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County urges residents to prepare for the 2014 Hurricane Season

 

LAKE - The Florida Department of Health in Lake County urges residents to prepare for the upcoming Hurricane season which officially begins on June 1st through November 30th.  Now is the ideal time for residents to take a few simple safety steps to keep their families prepared and safe during a hurricane. Emergency Management officials urge residents to develop a family communication plan and prepare a disaster supply kit.  Many items will be tax-free between May 31st and June 8th during Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies.

“The last major hurricane to strike the U.S. was Wilma in 2005, so we are due for another,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division Manager. “While the 2014 forecast seems to indicate unfavorable conditions for hurricanes, it only takes one major storm to create a bad season.”

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane Hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches.

Families should become aware of the locations of their closest county emergency shelter which include: Astatula Elementary, Leesburg Elementary, Lost Lake Elementary, Mascotte Elementary, Round Lake Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, Treadway Elementary, Umatilla Elementary and The Villages Elementary.

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

Develop and document plans for your specific risks
  • Protect yourself and family with a Family Emergency Plan   
  • Be sure to plan for locations away from home   
  • Business owners and site locations should create workshop plans
  • Make sure schools and daycares have School Emergency Plans
  • Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.  
  • Prepare your boat and be aware of marine safety  
Put together a basic emergency supply kit which could include the following recommended items:
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Moisture wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Infant formula and diapers  
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet  
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change  
Keep a list of contact information for reference
  • Local Emergency Management Office
  • County Law Enforcement, County Public Safety Fire/Rescue  
  • State, County and City/Town Government  
  • Local Hospitals and Local Utilities  
  • Local American Red Cross  
  • Local TV Stations and Local Radio Stations  

 



 
 
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City of Umatilla, 1 South Central Ave, PO Box 2286, Umatilla FL 32784
Phone: (352) 669-3125   Fax: (352) 669-8313