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Feeling Famous?

code_red_smallDid you get a call or an email from Sheriff Chris Blair this week? If you didn’t we wanted to help spread the word.

Most people hear “CodeRed” and think of movies. Right here in Marion County we have a CodeRED Emergency Notification System. When you sign up for it, the system sends you alerts during emergencies, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods, and additional general notifications if you’d like them. You can get the alerts on your email or phone(call or text).

2-1-1 is a great way to learn about disaster preparedness and emergency resources, so give us a call, text us(send your zip code to 898-211) or hey, you’re online now – you can even chat with us live. Call us to learn about programs like signing up for the special needs registry, weatherization programs to help fix a hole in your roof, or how to protect your house from wildfires. Forgot the non-emergency number for the Sheriff or your local police? We have that too, simply dial 2-1-1 for free 24 hours a day!

Q & A: Goodbye Hurricanes, Hello Fire

floridadisaster.orgThe end of hurricane season is just around the corner on November 30th, but did you know that wildfire season in Florida is 12 months long? However, according to floridadisaster.org, “most wildfires occur during the January-June period when tropical moisture is cut off to the state and cold fronts bring dry, windy conditions”. While wildfire is good for the forests, Florida has the second highest number of wildfires in the nation, and sometimes they can negatively impact our communities.

There are some great tips for fire prevention that can be found by simply dialing 2-1-1 to get the information for your local department of emergency management or fire department. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is a great source of information about what programs are in place to prevent wildfires. Floridadisaster.org has information for children and adults about what we can do in our homes and communities to prevent and prepare for a possible fire. They also have a great page for kids to learn more about wildfires and other natural disasters that affect Florida.

Did you know that you can visit the Ocala National Forest website to see what level the fire risk is on a daily basis?

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