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Emergency Management officials ready for hurricane season, urge residents to prepare

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TAVARES —With hurricane season approaching June 1, residents are reminded to take a few steps to help keep their families safe during an emergency.

A recent Colorado State University report forecasts 13 named Atlantic storms and five hurricanes for the 2016 season, which ends Nov. 30.

“While this year’s hurricane activity is expected to be near average, it’s still higher than the last few years,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division Manager. “As always, we urge residents to prepare as if a major hurricane were to make landfall nearby, regardless of predictions.”

In centrally-located Lake County, hurricane hazards may include heavy rainfall, high winds, inland flooding and tornadoes, with some hazards coming without warning. That’s why all residents should purchase a battery-powered NOAA weather radio and sign up to receive local weather text alerts.

Residents are also encouraged to develop a family communication plan, decide on a meeting location in the case of an emergency, and prepare a disaster go-kit, including important personal, medical and legal papers, stored in a safe place. To find out more about what should go into this kit, visit www.ready.gov.

Families should also be aware of the locations of their closest county emergency shelter. As of 2015, all Lake County shelters were designated pet friendly. Any pet brought to county shelters must be crated and have up-to-date vaccinations records.

To find out more about preparing for an emergency, call 352-343-9420, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_safety/emergency_management, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement or www.twitter.com/lakeemergency.