TOWN OF LAKE PLACID

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION




Trash Pick Up
Town staff will attempt to do Tuesday's residential pick up ; however, residents are asked to curtail placement as much as possible since debris road bloacks, available landfill services, sufficient personnel, damaged town equipment or any number of things might impact available services.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Thanks to Home Town Network Services for working so hard to keep internet server
services active during this emergency.

Hurricane Irma

LATEST STORM UPDATES COURTESY OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS

   IRMA - SitRep 17    Released 09/10/17 1230 hrs  Time on report is wrong

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING TOWN OPERATIONS

The Town will joining Highlands County in implementing a curfew from
09/10/17 9 PM until 09/11/17 6 AM.

 

RECENT HIGHLANDS COUNTY ANNOUNCEMENTS
FROM TEXTS

Date : 09/10/2017 10:18:52 AM
HIGHLANDS: CURFEW: There will be a curfew in effect from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m www.nixle.us/9KT59


Date : 09/10/2017 12:59:35 PM
HIGHLANDS: Avoid downed, damaged or loose power lines and report them immediately to 911. www.nixle.us/9KTBZ

Date : 09/10/2017 01:10:33 PM
HIGHLANDS: School Closures: All schools and School Board offices in Highlands County will be closed Tuesday, September 12th www.nixle.us/9KTCD


Date : 09/10/2017 01:29:34 PM
HIGHLANDS: To report downed power lines call 863-385-1112. www.nixle.us/9KTD3


Date : 09/10/2017 02:03:49 PM
HIGHLANDS: Jury duty for next week is canceled and Courthouse closed on Monday and Tuesday. www.nixle.us/9KTEF

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Lake Placid Town Operations with the exceptions of Police Services will be closed on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12 Noon continuing through Monday, September 11, 2017 with the exception of the Town Council Meeting at Town Hall at 5:30 PM on Monday, September 11, 2017.     

Closures include all Town Staff Operations with the exceptions of the Police Department located at 8 North Oak Avenue, Lake Placid, Fl.    Police will not respond to calls for service when winds reach 40 MPH sustained.

The Town will collect garbage on Friday morning.

Town Staff will assess damage and prioritize recovery operations on Tuesday morning.    Residents are asked to curtail garbage placement during this emergency period as Town Staff may be directed away from garbage pickup on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 depending on the severity of the storm.    

Regarding late utility payments - all shut off have been suspended temporarily.     

 

 

GENERAL TOWN INFORMATION

The town water and sewer plants all have generator backups. We also have mobile generators that can be used to pump out lift stations periodically.  Following the storm we also ask that you try to limit your water usage if you are hooked up to the towns sewer system. If we lose power we will have to manually operate the lift stations using the mobile generators.
 
If you experience a loss of water pressure below 20 psi or a zero pressure condition, please boil your drinking water prior to use. This means there was main breakage or damage at the water plant. We will send notification to the local radio station when there has been a boil water notice, and also when the water is safe to drink again.

Town of Lake Placid Staff members have been busy throughout the year planning and preparing for a major storm emergency.   Town staff member maintain emergency plans to insure fast debris removal and continuing water and sewer services for the Town and our Regional Utilities Service area. 

As a hurricane approaches the Town will participate with Highlands County Emergency Services, which participates with a statewide emergency service network, to furnish the best storm warning information available at a state wide level.   In the event of a threat those notices will be posted on this page for as longs as internet services are available.

IMPORTANT: If you have a SEWER PUMP (grinder) and lose power, you will also lose sewer service. We may not be able to provide generator power to your sewer pump if this occurs, and you must limit the water you use that goes down the drain. If the tank becomes full it could possibly backup into showers and other fixtures.

The sewer tanks are 100 gallons, if you look on your toilet and showerheads it should be written how many gallons are used per minute or flush. New toilets are 1.6 gallons per flush, old toilets can be as much as 5 gallons. Shower heads can be around 2.5 gallons per minute. Please look at your fixtures to determine the flow rates and you will be able to calculate your usage before the tank will be full.

 

 
   COASTAL EVACUEES

The Town of Lake Placid is located in the center of Florida as the first small town on the sandy Florida Ridge.    Accordingly hurricane winds tend to be less depending on where hurricames make landfall and flooding is les likely although very possible for some areas.

The town has comercial rentals nearby.

Holiday Inn 863-465-9916
May call and get on waiting list in case of cancellation
Status: Sold out from Friday to Monday (No generator)    
Ramada Inn Status: Sold out    
       

EMERGENCY SHELTERS
 
Emergency Shelter are open 12 hours before dark on Friday 09/08/17.

The Emergency Shelter in the Town of Lake Placid is located at the Lake Placid High School.





SHELTER INFORMATION RELEASED BY HIGHLANDS COUNTY EOC 09/078/17


Hurricane Irma

Highlands County Update

 

Contact: Gloria Rybinski, Public Information Officer

(863) 385-1112 EOC or (863)402-6833

September 7, 2017 6:30 pm

 

The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners and its Emergency Operations Center have partially activated their Emergency Support Functions at the Emergency Operation Center, below is a list of actions taken so far:

·         On 9-5-17 a Local Declaration of Emergency was approved by the Board of County Commissioners

·         As of 1:00 pm on 9-5-17 the Emergency line 863-385-1112 was activated

 

·         Sand for bags is available at:

Sebring: George Blvd. just North of DeSoto City Volunteer Fire Station

Avon Park: Intersection of CR 17, E. Old Bombing Range Road and Isabelle Lake Road

Lake Placid: Intersection of CR 619, CR 621 and Highlands Lake Drive

 

·         Bags for sand are available at: We ran out of bags today, however, we anticipate to have bags tomorrow afternoon, as soon as we get them, we will let the public know.

 

·         School Closing: All of Highlands County Schools will be closed Friday 9-8-17 and Monday 9-11-17

 

·         Government Office Closures

Highlands County Tax Collectors Office will be closed Friday, September 8, 2017 and Monday September 11, 2017.

Highlands County Property Appraisers Office will be closed Friday, September 8, 2017.

Florida Department of Health will be closed Friday, September 8, 2017.

Highlands County Clerk of Courts will close at 1:00 pm on September 8, 2017 and all day on September 11, 2017

 

·         Reminders

HURRICANE SHELTER NEEDS

A hurricane shelter is a building that has been rated and approved by state standards to withstand high winds.  In the event of a hurricane, if you feel that your home is unsafe and you need to go to a shelter, here are some tips that will help make your stay there more comfortable:

What to bring:

Ø  ANY NECESSARY MEDICATIONS- YOU MAY BE IN THE SHELTER FOR SEVERAL DAYS, PLEASE COME PREPARED

Ø  SPECIAL NEEDS PEOPLE: BRING OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS AND OR NEBULIZERS

Ø  IF SPECIAL DIETARITY NEEDS ARE APPLICABLE, PLEASE BRING FOOD ITEMS NEEDED TO SUSTAIN YOUR DIET FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR STAY.

Ø  Eye glasses, flashlights, house and car keys, special infant items

Ø  Bedding such as bedrolls, sheets, pillows and even a cot if available.

Ø  Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, soap, etc.

Ø  Small items for entertainment such as cards, books, magazines, coloring books for the children, hand held games, etc.

Ø  Non perishable foods that do not require cooking or heating (there is no refrigerator in some cases)

Ø  Clothing as needed

    What not to bring:

Ø  TV’s, x-boxes or Play Stations * Keep in mind there will be others in the shelter with you and they may be annoyed by the noises these items produce.

Ø  Any kind of weapons or ammunition

Ø  Pets of any kind (call your local veterinarian for pet housing)

 

Some rules to consider before going to a shelter:

Ø  No horse play

Ø  No running

Ø  No noisy electronic equipment

Ø  Supervision of children

 

What to expect: Shelters are provided for your safety.  In general, the atmosphere will be somewhat uncomfortable, dark at times, hot, but SAFE for you and your family.

ANY ITEMS BROUGHT TO THE SHELTER ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!

Taking these precautions won’t hurt even if the Hurricane does not impact us. But you will be grateful that you took these simple steps if Irma does come to Highlands County. Please be prepared.

 

If you have questions or need assistance you may call the EOC at 863-385-1112 or visit our website at www.hcbcc.net  text HCIRMA to 888777 and follow us on Facebook.


 
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ATTENTION HIGHLANDS COUNTY BUSINESSES:

 

Based on the advisory information received from the Highlands County Emergency Operations Center and the National Weather Service, Hurricane Irma is expected to have an impact on Central Florida and Highlands County. Highlands County Economic Development has compiled several disaster preparedness and disaster assistance/recovery resources for our local businesses:

 

Please forward this information on to your colleagues, fellow business partners, and anyone you feel may benefit from these resources.

 

For the most recent local updates, monitor the following community public information services:

 

 

 

For statewide information on Hurricane Irma and Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Assistance/Recovery information for your business:

 

  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Florida Disaster website’s Business page has various Business Topics including Business Disaster Planning, Business Insurance Basics, and Information on the Storage of Hazardous Materials – as well as a Business Toolbox with a number of Resource links such as IRS Tax Relief in Disaster Situations, Disaster Contractors Network and more.

 

  • Florida's Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC):http://flvbeoc.org  is activated and will serve as the primary portal for private sector preparation, damage assessments and recovery.  All Florida businesses are encouraged to register. (This website has been up and down due to the increased volume of traffic. You may need to keep trying.) Their Resources tab has additional information including road closure information, Comcast WIFI hotspots information, and FLVBEOC How To: Business Damage Assessment.

 

  • Avoid Digital Disaster: Free Email Continuity Program for Businesses Threatened by Natural Disaster: The AppRiver Digital Disaster Recovery Program is an emergency email continuity program provided free by AppRiver to businesses facing imminent natural disasters. Businesses threatened by approaching hurricanes or other catastrophic events may simply redirect their email to AppRiver through our secure data centers. Once the danger passes and connectivity is restored, AppRiver will forward all outage-period e-mail activity to the company’s e-mail server, free of charge.

 

  • Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network’s Business Disaster Recovery Services offer assistance to Florida businesses with recovery efforts after a disaster. Their Business Continuation Disaster link provides information on various types of disaster loans and resources. Highlands County’s local Small Business Development Center office is housed at South Florida State College in Avon Park – their contact information can be found at: https://sbdctampabay.com/highlands/

 

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers Emergency Preparednessinformation including an IRS guide on preserving your equipment and business records, specific disaster checklists and tips, information about financial assistance after a disaster, disaster assistance loans, cleanup and more.

 

  • FEMA’s website dedicated to Hurricane Irma provides preparedness and safety information, resources – such as information on downloading the FEMA Mobile App, pertinent FEMA social media accounts, and rumor control.

 

 

Please forward this information on to your colleagues, fellow business partners, and anyone you feel may benefit from these resources.

 

Share this suggested post on your social media pages using the following message and attached image. Also, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/highlandsbusiness/.

Suggested Post: Highlands County Economic Development has compiled several disaster preparedness and disaster assistance/recovery resources for our local businesses. Check it out at bit.ly/HCstormprep.

 

We wish you safety as we keep tabs on Hurricane Irma and weather this storm.

 

Best regards,

-Meghan

 

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  Meghan DiGiacomo

  Business Development Manager

  (o) 863-402-6906  (c) 863-381-5893

  mdigiacomo@hcbcc.org  highlandsbusiness.com

  501 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870

 
     
     
     
     
  LINKS:

Highlands County Emergency Operations

Florida Disaster