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The Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake) urges residents to prepare and get a plan in place in the event that a hurricane or severe weather affects the area. Now is the time for residents to take a few simple safety steps to keep their families prepared and safe during a severe weather emergency.

"With the possibility of Tropical Storm Erika impacting Lake County, this is a great time to remind the community to be prepared and have a plan in place to safeguard their families." said Aaron Kissler, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Lake County.

Emergency Management officials urge residents to prepare an emergency supply kit and family communication plan.

Put together a basic emergency supply kit which should include the following recommended items:
Develop and document plans for your specific risks
Keep a list of contact information for reference
Residents 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.

For further information please visit the Florida Department of Health website at floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/prepare-yourself/index.html or visit the Lake County Emergency Management website at www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_safety/emergency_management/
Lake County Health Department warns residents
to begin preparing now for Tropical Storm Erika
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