Information furnished by Chief Tempest

Experience has taught us that the best thing to do before a hurricane is prepare, so you can be confident during a storm that you’ve done everything you can to keep your family safe.  As your Chief of Police, I want you to know that during a hurricane, the men and women of the Lady Lake Police Department are here to help, but the responsibility of preparation begins with you!  As a local law enforcement agency, we work with our local, state, and federal partners to improve our response, cooperation, and communication during hurricanes. Just as we at LLPD plan for unexpected weather emergencies, there is plenty you can do to make yourselves, your families and your homes ready for hurricane season.  Don’t wait for a storm to threaten!

First, create a disaster supply kit that will last your family three to seven days.  Ask yourself what you would need if you couldn’t get to a grocery store, pharmacy, bank or gas station for several days.  Your kit should include a gallon per person per day of water, non-perishable food, a can opener, blankets and pillows, rain gear and sturdy shoes, first aid items, prescription drugs, toiletries, a flashlight and batteries, a battery-operated radio, a fully-charged cell phone as well as a non-cordless phone.  Pack any special food, medicines or supplies you might need for an infant, an elderly person or a pet.  Make sure you have credit cards and cash on hand and gas in your vehicle.  Put all of your important documents such as insurance and medical records, bank account numbers and your social security card in a waterproof container or waterproof plastic bag.  You can research more at

https://www.stateofflorida.com/articles/hurricane-preparedness-guide.aspx.
Talk to your family about which place in your home would be the safest during a storm and at what point you would move to a shelter.  Plan what to do with your pets if you have to evacuate and designate an out-of-state relative or friend to be a point of contact for each family member after a storm.  Make sure children know when and how to call 911.

Protecting your home is just as important.  Secure windows and glass doors with hurricane shutters.  If you use plywood, make sure the pieces are fastened adequately, so they don’t become dangerous, airborne debris during a storm.  Make sure trees are trimmed to prevent catastrophic damage in the event one falls and all gutters on your home are clean and clear in the event of heavy rain.  Secure outdoor furniture and other items that can become airborne during heavy winds.

The Lady Lake Police Department is prepared to help you and your family in any emergency, but I encourage you to create a disaster supply kit and talk to your family about an emergency plan.  On behalf of the men and women at the Lady Lake Police Department, I wish you and your family the safest possible hurricane season.

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