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
Put together a basic emergency supply kit which could include the following recommended items:
Prescription medications and glasses
Keep a list of contact information for reference
To find out more log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_safety/emergency_management