September 28, 2023

Sumter County Emergency Administration is presently monitoring the present tropical disturbance close to the Yucatan Peninsula. Because of the uncertainty within the course and depth within the forecast, Sumter County is urging residents to evaluate their storm preparations now.

There are necessary steps you may take to be sure you are ready. Whereas Sumter County is inland, it might nonetheless obtain heavy rains, excessive winds and tornadoes. Ensure you have loads of batteries, backup generator for home equipment or sump pump, nonperishable meals, wooden to guard doorways and home windows, and even a tarp in case you want it to cowl your roof in case of harm. Ensure that drains and gutters are clear to allow them to higher deal with heavy rains. Waterproof your crawl area. If doable, have a generator put in at your own home that can be utilized in case there of a chronic energy outage.

This graphic exhibits the expected path of the tropical despair.

“Now could be the time to take the mandatory preparedness actions if you wish to be as prepared as doable for a hurricane,” mentioned David Castro, director of emergency administration for Sumter County. “Being ready additionally supplies a stage of re-assurance and minimizes the stress of attempting to perform duties on the final minute when there might be competitors for acquiring provides, and so on.”

These key steps can assist guarantee you make it efficiently via a tropical storm occasion:

  • Know and perceive the hurricane hazards.
  • Make plans corresponding to the place to go in case of an emergency and precautions for any pets and animals.
  • Ensure you have sufficient meals and water to final you seven to 14 days. Don’t overlook your pets. You may get good concepts of what gadgets you’ll need at

• Evaluate your house owner and enterprise protection together with your insurance coverage supplier. Discover out what is roofed and never coated earlier than you file a declare.

  • Strengthen your own home corresponding to defending home windows, garages and doorways.
  • Assist your neighbors, particularly for people who want additional help.

Residents may also make the most of the gross sales tax vacation on catastrophe preparedness gadgets that runs via Friday, Sept. 8. A full itemizing of tax-free gadgets are listed at