The Florida Department of Health urges residents to prepare for the upcoming Hurricane season which officially began June 1st and runs 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.
“Lack of preparation can lead to worse impact from hurricane disasters” said Aaron Kissler, Health Officer of the Florida Department of Health in Lake County. “We all need to have a plan in place to safeguard our love ones in the aftermath of a hurricane.”
Hurricane Hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service helps protect life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings.
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? Where will you get food and water?
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
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Prescription medications and glasses
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
To find out more log on to http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/index.html or call The Lake County Emergency Management Division at 352-343-9420 or visit their website at https://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_safety/emergency_management/