Tavares – Lake County Emergency Management will observe Severe Weather Awareness Week from Jan. 27-31 by participating in community events and a social media campaign with the goal of educating citizens about severe weather hazards.
The week includes a statewide tornado drill at 10 a.m. on Jan. 29 as part of Lake County’s efforts to prepare residents for severe weather. The National Weather Service will issue a practice tornado warning and broadcast a test message for a tornado watch on NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather alert radios. During the drill, residents should monitor their weather radio for warning messages to determine what protective action to take.
In addition to the NOAA weather radio message, subscribers to the AlertLake Emergency Alert System will also receive a notification on the drill. Participation with either alert method can include “duck and cover,” going to the lowest floor in a building or hiding in a bathtub or under a stairwell. All residents are urged to participate.
“This drill is a great way to evaluate a family’s severe weather plan,” said Addison Hassell, Emergency Management Associate. “It can provide better preparedness within the home and the community.”
Throughout the week, stay tuned to Lake County Emergency Management’s social media accounts for important tips and safety information. Tornado drill participants are encouraged to share photos of their protective actions on social media with the hashtag #LCTornadoDrill for an opportunity to be featured.
To be notified quickly of weather emergencies, residents should purchase a battery-powered NOAA weather radio and sign up to receive local notifications, such as those offered through Lake County’s AlertLake Emergency Alert System. Signing up is free, quick, easy and secure at www.alertlake.com. For more information about Alert Lake, view this public service announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9FuEPxOECo.
Visit Lake County Emergency Management’s social media pages for more information: www.twitter.com/lakeemergency and www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement.