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Levy County Emergency Management, located in the Emergency Operations Center in Bronson, Fl, is the "Direction and Control Center" for Levy County in times of disaster.


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..............The 2017 Hurricane Season Storm Names............Start Preparing NOW.......Current Storm Harvey.......Next Storm Irma

Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney,

Hazardous Weather Outlook
For More Info see National Weather Service Ruskin web link below, and also our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lcdem)

  More Info: NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hurricane GERT and 3 low pressure systems in Atlantic Ocean
Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 AM EDT Fri Aug 18 2017

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical
Storm Harvey, located near Barbados.

1. Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an area of low
pressure located about 750 miles east-northeast of the Leeward
Islands continues to show signs of organization. While it would
take only a slight increase in organization for a tropical
depression to form later today or tonight, upper-level winds are
becoming less favorable for development. The low is expected to
move west-northwestward at about 20 mph during the next few days,
and interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the
progress of this disturbance.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

2. Shower activity has increased during the last 24 hours in
association with a tropical wave located over the far eastern
Atlantic Ocean, several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo
Verde Islands. Environmental conditions are forecast to become more
favorable for some development early next week while the system
moves west-northwestward to northwestward at about 20 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

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  More Info: 5 Day Tropical Weather Outlook
2017 Hurricane Season Disaster Preparedness
June 1st starts the beginning of the 2017 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.

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.

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As of today, May 25th 2017, with the recommendation of the Florida Forest Service, Levy County has LIFTED THE BURN BAN FOR LEVY COUNTY, effective immediately.
This decision was made after conferring with the Florida Forest Service, rainfall amounts over the last couple of days, and future weather patterns for the near future.
Residents and visitors should continue to use caution when burning outdoors and take all necessary safety precautions before conducting any outdoor burning. Please remember that Florida has strict laws on what is and isn't allowed to be burned.

  More Info: For information on the current Florida laws on outdoor burning, please visit the following website:
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.

  More Info: Click Here For Levy County Weather Station Sites
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.

  More Info: "GET A PLAN" Special Needs Registry
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.

  More Info: Levy County Emergency Management Facebook
The NOAA Weather Radio Programming Code for LEVY County is: 012075
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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.
Surge Chart
Levy County Storm Surge Boundaries by Storm Category

Tropical Storm - Dark Red
Category 1 - Red
Category 2 - Orange
Category 3 - Yellow
Category 4 - Green
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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