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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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Levy County Emergency Management hopes this website provides the citizens of Levy County with the proper information that is needed to make informed decisions and preparations regarding your disaster preparedness plans for the Hurricane season.

During a storm event, it is our goal to provide the latest emergency information available regarding protective action decisions and safety information.

Our normal office hours are Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm. If you have any questions or comments regarding disaster planning for yourself, your family, your home or business, please contact Levy County Emergency Management at 352-486-5213.
For non-emergency inquiries after normal business hours or on weekends, please call the Levy County Sheriff's Office at 352-486-5111.

To report EMERGENCIES during after hours and weekends contact the Levy County Sheriff's Office emergency 911 phone number.

Also keep an eye on our Current Events section which will give you upcoming event and course locations.

Thank you and we hope you find our website useful.

The National Weather Service operates the All Hazards Weather Alert Radio Network. This is a service that provides for a 24-hour broadcast that includes the local forecasts, observations, special weather statements, marine data, and bulletins from the National Hurricane Center

All Hazards Weather Alert Radios also have an alarm feature that will alert you whenever a hazardous weather watch or warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. This alarm activates the radio from a silent standby mode to alert you to any severe weather threat. The alarm feature can also be used by Emergency Management to alert the public to any large scale non-weather related hazard such as a hazardous material incident or terrorist attack.

Modern All Hazards Weather Alert Radios can be programmed specifically to the local area so you will only hear warnings that apply to the local area. This feature is called S.A.M.E known as Specific Area Message Encoding.


The weather broadcast is received locally in Marion County on the following frequencies:

162.400 MHz originating out of Inverness

162.475 MHz originating out of Gainesville

162.525 MHz originating out of Ocala

The SAME code for Levy County is 012075.

When you set up your All Hazards Weather Alert Radio, be sure you locate the radio where it has clear reception and where it can be easily heard in your home.

CodeRed is a Levy County service by which residents and businesses can register to be notified by telephone, text and/or email regarding emergencies or critical protective actions required to safeguard life and property. The system will be used solely at the direction of Emergency Management or other public safety officials as determined necessary and useful. Potential uses include: Hazardous Chemical Releases, Evacuations, Missing Persons, etc.

Click the link below the CodeRED logo located on the left side (mid page) of our www.LevyDisaster.com webpage to register.
For more information on CodeRed you can contact Levy County Emergency Management at 352-486-5213

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, fill out the application form located on the left side of the www.LevyDisaster.com Webpage and return to Levy County Emergency Management address, P.O. Box 221, Bronson, Fl. 32621 OR drop it off at the Levy County Emergency Operations Center at 9010 NE 78th Ave. Bronson, Fl 32621 (By the Levy County Sheriff Office).

For questions relating to special needs please contact: 352486-5213.

Emergency Management strives to offer sheltering space for residents however it is strongly encouraged to seek shelter with friends and family first.
•Special Needs Letter
•Special Needs Application
•Special Needs Shelter Supply List

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

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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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