Lake County Emergency Management is observing Severe Weather Awareness Week Jan. 14-18 by participating in community events and a social media campaign. The week offers an opportunity to educate citizens in Central Florida and across the state about severe weather hazards, such as hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes, a news release states.
“We recommend families take a moment to use the tornado drill as an opportunity to practice and ensure that they are prepared for severe weather. It can save lives,” Spencer Kostus, emergency management operations coordinator, says in the release.
Residents are urged to participate in a statewide tornado drill at 10am Wednesday, Jan. 16. The National Weather Service will issue a practice tornado warning and broadcast a test message on NOAA alert radios. Residents should consider themselves under a tornado watch, meaning they should monitor the weather and be prepared to go to a safe place in the event of a warning.
During the drill, just like in real-life severe weather situations, residents should listen to the watch and warning messages to determine the threat and decide what protective actions to take. This can include “duck and cover,” going to the lowest floor in a building, or hiding in a bathtub or under a stairwell.
Residents participating in the tornado drill are encouraged to share photos of their protective actions on social media, with the hashtag #LCTornadoDrill, for an opportunity to be featured on Lake County Emergency Management’s accounts: twitter.com/lakeemergency and facebook.com/lakecountyflemergencymanagement.
Additionally, emergency management staff will be available to offer giveaways and information about severe weather safety at the Arbor Day Celebration, from 10am-3pm Saturday, Jan. 19, at Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby St., Tavares. Visit tavares.org for more details.