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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 2018 Hurricane Season Begins June 1 2018............Start Preparing NOW.......Current Storm To Be Determined.......Next Storm To Be Determined

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


The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was a hyperactive, deadly, and extremely destructive season, featuring 17 named storms, ranking alongside 1936 as the fifth-most active season since records began in 1851, and the most active since 2012. The season also featured both the highest total accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) and the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005. All ten of the season's hurricanes occurred in a row, the greatest number of consecutive hurricanes in the satellite era. In addition, it was by far the costliest season on record, with a preliminary total of over $401.89 billion (USD) in damages, which is nearly three times the cost of the 2005 total, and essentially all of which was due to three of the season's major hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. This season is also one of only six years on record to feature multiple Category 5 hurricanes, and only the second to feature two hurricanes making landfall at that intensity. This season is the only season on record in which three hurricanes each had an ACE of over 40: Irma, Jose, and Maria.

The season officially began on June 1 and ended on November 30. These dates historically describe the period of year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin. However, as shown by Tropical Storm Arlene in April, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at other times of the year. In mid-June, Tropical Storm Bret struck the island of Trinidad, which is only rarely struck by tropical cyclones due to its low latitude. In late August, Hurricane Harvey became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, while also setting the record for the costliest tropical cyclone on record, as well as the most rainfall dropped by a tropical cyclone in the United States. In early September, Hurricane Irma, a Cape Verde-type hurricane, became the first Category 5 hurricane to impact the northern Leeward Islands on record, later making landfall in the Florida Keys as a large Category 4. In terms of maximum sustained winds, Irma is tied with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane as the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall in the Atlantic basin and is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. In late September, Hurricane Maria became the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the island of Dominica on record. It later made landfall in Puerto Rico as a high-end Category 4. In mid-October, Hurricane Ophelia became the easternmost major hurricane in the Atlantic basin on record, and later impacted most of Northern Europe as an extratropical cyclone.

Initial predictions for the season anticipated that an El Nino would develop, lowering storm activity. However, the predicted El Nino failed to develop, with cool-neutral conditions developing instead, later progressing to a La Nina the second one in a row. This led forecasters to upgrade their predicted totals, with some later anticipating that the season could be the most active since 2010.

Beginning in 2017, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) had the option to issue advisories, and thus allow watches and warnings to be issued, on disturbances that are not yet tropical cyclones but have a high chance to become one, and are expected to bring tropical storm or hurricane conditions to landmasses within 48 hours. Such systems are termed "Potential Tropical Cyclones". The first storm to receive this designation was Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, which later developed into Tropical Storm Bret, east-southeast of the Windward Islands on June 18. In addition, the numbering that a potential tropical cyclone receives would be retained for the rest of the hurricane season, meaning that the next tropical system would be designated with the following number, even though potential tropical cyclones do not qualify as tropical cyclones. This was first demonstrated with Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten, which failed to develop into a tropical cyclone.

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

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Register at the following:

www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3261(FEMA)
expect long hold times due to the number of disaster claims coming in throughout the state.

• Smartphone: downloading FEMA application through
• FEMA Toll-Free Helpline: 800-621-3362
• FEMA Toll-Free Helpline for deaf, hard of hearing, or speech
disability: 800-462-7585
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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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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.

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.

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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.
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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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