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Levy Co. Storm Surge
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During an emergency, you may hear rumors. Please don't accept rumor as fact. Special telephone hotlines will provide the latest official information. However, use telephones only when absolutely necessary so telephone circuits will remain clear for emergency workers.
Levy County
(352)486-5155
after hours -
(352)486-5111
or(352)486-5576

Citrus County
(352)746-6555
after hours - 911
Citizen Information Line
(352)746-5470
or(352)527-2106

State of Florida

1-800-342-3557
 
Local Emergency Alert System
(EAS) Stations
WXCV - 95.3
WXOF - 96.3
WSKY - 97.3
WKTK - 98.5
WTRS - 102.3
WRGO - 102.7
WRUF - 103.7
WIFL - 104.3
WRZN - 720AM
WUFT-TV - Ch. 5
WFLA-TV - Ch. 8
WTSP-TV - Ch. 10
WTVT-TV - Ch. 13
WCJB-TV - Ch. 20
WFTS-TV - Ch. 28
WTOG-TV - Ch. 44
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Brighthouse Cable
NOAA Radio - 162.400 Mhz

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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.
NORTH FLORIDA RESIDENTS AND VISITORS URGED URGED TO PREPARE FOR RECORD COLD WEATHER - HARD FREEZE WARNING ANNOUNCED FOR LEVY COUNTY AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents and visitors in North Florida to practice fire and cold weather safety as a strong cold front passes through the state today. Freezing temperatures are expected in the Panhandle tonight, and will range as far south as Pasco County through Wednesday.

A hard freeze watch is in effect across North Florida on Tuesday night from Escambia to Duval counties, and as far south as Citrus County. No frozen precipitation is forecast, and no travel hazards are anticipated, but record low temperatures are expected early Wednesday, with those in Tallahassee predicted to fall as low as 20 degrees.

“Residents and visitors in the forecasted regions should prepare for overnight temperatures that may harm vegetation, pipes, animals and people.” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “These cold temperatures could prompt the opening of shelters across the state and the SERT stands ready to assist in any human or agricultural issues.”

Residents and visitors should remember the "Five P's" of cold weather safety. The “5 P’s” are: Protecting People, Protecting Plants, Protecting Pets, Protecting Exposed Pipes, and Practicing Fire Safety.

The following actions are important safety measures:
• Stay indoors and use safe heating sources.
• Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles. Keep such devices away from all flammable materials such as curtains and furniture, and install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Indoors: Do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices, such as grills that produce carbon monoxide. Install at least one carbon monoxide detector per floor in your home.
• Outdoors: Stay dry and in wind-protected areas.
• Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting, warm clothing.
• Drink non-alcoholic fluids.
• Shelter or bring animals inside, especially pets.


For additional information about severe weather in Florida, visit Floridadisaster.org. Follow FDEM social media on Twitter at @FLGetAPlan, Instagram@FLGetAPlan, and Facebook at Facebook.com/FloridaDivisionofEmergencyManagement and Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.


NOAA WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING CODE
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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