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Levy County Emergency Management Emergecny Operations Center located in Bronson Florida is the direction and control facility for Levy County in times of disaster.


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..............THE 2018 HURRICANE SEASON HAS BEGUN.......Current Storm Chris.......Next Storm Debby

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TS Beryl formed into Hurricane Beryl overnight. The storm is still very far out and is currently not expected to cause any issues for Florida. The third named storm of the 2018 hurricane season TS Chris formed off the coast of North and South Carolina this system is also not expected to cause any issues to Florida. We will keep watching these two storms and keep you up to date. You can get the latest up to date information anytime by visiting the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center website at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. Also, don't forget to sign up to receive emergency alerts from Levy County. You can visit www.alertlevy.com

We do not take emergency preparedness lightly and and try to get the best most useful information to you all, please understand that we are only as good as the information we receive from the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. To try and simplify things we will posting information in the following see below the categories when it comes to weather information and hazardous conditions.





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All citizens should sign up for the new Alert Levy Emergency Notification System. This system will allow Levy County Emergency Management to send emergency alerts directly to you home phone, cell phone, text, or email. You choose what alerts to receive and how to receive them.

Sign up today. A small step to keep you and your family informed.

New Weather Station Sites
Check out the new weather stations we are putting up around the county. Levy County Currently has five sites located at Bronson Middle High School, Cedar Key School, Chiefland High School, Yankeetown School and Williston Middle High School.
You can click on the link below to go to website or you may download the weather stem app and install it on your smartphone or tablet.

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2018 Hurricane Season Disaster Preparedness
June 1st starts the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season! If you have not already created your disaster kit, it is time to get one together. Hurricane Hermine was a wake up call to show how important it is to have a plan and a kit ready to go. Visit the following sites for some great information on how to get yourself prepared:
www.levydisaster.com , www.flgetaplan.com , www.ready.gov , www.redcross.org , www.alertlevy.com
The time to prepare is now, because the day after is too late.

Special Needs Program in Levy County is coordinated by Levy County Emergency Management and administered by the Levy County Health Department during times when disasters impact Levy County and shelters have been open.

The Levy County Special Needs Program is for residents with specific health and medical conditions and those requiring transportation assistance. The program helps to provide assistance in sheltering, evacuation, and transportation for registered residents during times of disasters with the resources available within Levy County.

The registry is a confidential listing of those needing assistance and is updated on an annual basis through contact with the registered residents. Residents with medical needs such as nebulizers, oxygen, feeding tubes, or Alzheimer’s disease are examples of medical criteria that are eligible for the registry.

To register for the Levy County Special Needs Program, click on the link below "REGISTER HERE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS" and create a username and password on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and fill out the questionaire OR come to the the Levy County Emergency Operations Center at 7911 NE 90th Street. Bronson, Fl 32621 (By the Levy County Sheriff Office).
This registration is HIPPA compliant and secured your information is not shared with the public.
For questions relating to special needs please contact: 352-486-5213.

Emergency Management strives to offer sheltering space for residents however it is strongly encouraged to seek shelter with friends and family first.

"GET A PLAN" Florida Special Needs Registry - Outreach Campain
This video gives great information about having a plan for those family members and loved ones that have access and functional needs. Visit http://flgetaplan.com/ as part of the Florida Division of Emergency Management for more information.

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Levy County Emergency Management now on Facebook
Levy County Emergency Management has launched a new Facebook page for both emergency and general information we want to share with you, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY EMERGENCY INFORMATION. If you like it let us know by linking it from your page and clicking like also share with all your friends. We will try our best to keep it current as well as our website. Thank you and we hope you enjoy it.

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Historic Storm Surge Reality

In late 2004, The Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council located in Ocala, Fl. serving Levy, Marion, Citrus, Sumter and Hernando Counties completed the WITHLACOOCHEE HURRICANE EVACUATION STUDY. This study was presented to Levy County Emergency Management during last years historic Hurricane season.

One section of the Levy County portion of the study produced a storm surge vulnerability assessment. The following pictures illustrate historical flood level data over the past 100 years for the municipalities of Inglis, Yankeetown, and Cedar Key, Fl. These high water levels are identical to the storm surge levels that destroyed the coastlines and backwater areas in Mississippi and Louisiana.
"Storm Surge" is a MAJOR INGREDIENT of a hurricane. What is a storm surge? Storm surge is water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level 15 feet or more. Additionally, wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides and the “spring tides” found along the Levy County Coastline. Because much of the densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast coastlines lie less that 10 feet above mean sea level, THE DANGER FROM STORM TIDES IS TREMENDOUS.

The level of surge in a particular area is also determined by the slope of the continental shelf. A shallow slope off the coast will allow a greater surge to inundate coastal communities. Levy County coastline has a very shallow slope leading out to the continental shelf. Communities with a steeper continental shelf will not see as much surge inundation, although large breaking waves can still present major problems. Storm tides, waves, and currents in confined harbors severely damage ships, marinas, and pleasure boats.
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Levy County Storm Surge Boundaries by Storm Category

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Category 5 - Light Blue

Wave and current action associated with the tide also causes extensive damage. Water weighs approximately 1,700 pounds per cubic yard; extended pounding by frequent waves can demolish any structure not specifically designed to withstand these forces. The currents created by the tide combine with the action of the waves to severely erode beaches and coastal highways. Many buildings withstand hurricane force winds until their foundations, undermined by erosion, are weakened and fail. Storm surge also affects rivers and inland lakes, potentially increasing the area that must be evacuated.

The more intense the storm, and the closer a community is to the right-front quadrant, the larger the area that must be evacuated. The problem is always the uncertainty about how intense the storm will be when it finally makes landfall.

Emergency managers and local officials balance that uncertainty with the human and economic risks to their communities. This is why a rule of thumb for emergency managers is to plan for a storm one category higher than what is forecast. This is a reasonable precaution to help minimize the loss of life from hurricanes.

Having said this, Government can only do so much in helping a population to prepare for a Hurricane. Residents and business must take “ownership” for their own safety by preparing, planning and being ready to execute your emergency plans when the Emergency Management authorities issue protective action decisions.

For help and assistance in preparing your Disaster Evacuation Plans contact Levy County Emergency Management.
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