Date: September 25, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397 Pager

Storm Advisory

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is supporting the mandatory evacuation ordered at 2 p.m. today of all mobile homes and homes in low-lying areas prone to flooding. Deputies are responding to those areas to help inform all residents of the need to evacuate, and Communicator (automated telephone system) messages are being sent via telephone to those homes that fall under the mandatory evacuation order. Citizens seeking information about the storm are encouraged to call the Polk information line at 534-0321.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office also would like to advise residents to heed the following information and precautions during the onslaught and aftermath of the hurricane:

Only call 911 or the main Sheriff's Office non-emergency number when absolutely necessary during the height of the storm. Depending on the severity of the storm, emergency response agencies may have limited resources and capabilities.


  • Be a good neighbor - check on each other to ensure everyone around you is safe and able to survive during the aftermath
  • Stay indoors after dark.
  • Be careful around downed power lines.
  • If traffic signals are inoperable, treat all intersections with the "4-way stop" rule.  Be courteous and courteous of other drivers.
  • Do not leave your residence after the storm has cleared the area if it is during the evening.
  • Do not drive around after the storm has cleared the area, whether it is day or night, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Be very careful of flooded areas, especially when driving.  Floodwaters can be swift-moving and much deeper and more dangerous than they look - do not attempt to negotiate floodwaters in your vehicle.
Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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