September 25, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397 Pager
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:
DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM:
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.
AFTER THE STORM:
- 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
- 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.
Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media
A text only version of this release is also available.