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Polk Health officials send out reminder to be prepared

Polk Health officials send out reminder to be prepared

Bartow, Florida -- Polk County health officials have sent out a reminder that September is National Preparedness Month - the annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities.

FEMA encourages individuals and families to pledge to prepare during the month of September and encourage residents to make preparedness a part of their daily life every day moving forward.

Recent rains cause Polk to lift burn ban

Recent rains cause Polk to lift burn ban

Polk County, Florida - Recent rains have reduced the threat of wildfires in Polk County prompting the Fire Chief to repeal Polk's burn ban as of Friday, May 10.

Citizens are now allowed to burn trash, yard debris, campfires, bonfires, and construction debris, though per state law, the use of fireworks remains prohibited.

It is possible a burn ban could be reinstated if there is a severe lack of rain and/or extremely dry conditions develop in Polk between now and the start of the normal summer rainy season.

PICS: Bay area crews helping in Northeast face wind, snow

PICS: Bay area crews helping in Northeast face wind, snow

Tampa, Florida -- We're seeing impressive photos of the rough conditions facing Tampa Bay crews traveling north to help the area hit by back-to-back storms.

And more help from our area will be heading north in just a few hours. There's a team planning to fly out of Tampa International Airport just after 8:30 Friday morning.

All of the flights leaving Tampa are on time and on schedule right now, which means airports in the Northeast are up and running after a Nor'easter storm followed on the heels of Superstorm Sandy.

Tropical Storm Isaac - Polk County Update

Tropical Storm Isaac - Polk County Update

 

Polk County, Florida-- Polk County Fire Rescue and Polk County Roadway Maintenance have begun relocating strategic assets throughout the county to assist with debris removal from roadways and initial assessment of damage as Isaac moves through the area.

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Polk Health Dept. warns of health issues from heat

Polk Health Dept. warns of health issues from heat

Bartow - With the temperatures beginning to rise, the Polk County Health Department is urging people to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, such as heat stress, exhaustion, and stroke.

More than 3,000 people are seen each year in emergency rooms for heat-related illnesses.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion vary, but may include heavy sweating, fast, shallow breathing, headaches, paleness, a weak pulse, dizziness, muscle cramps, moist cool skin, nausea, tiredness, vomiting or fainting.

Lakeland Electric's tips for a storm

Lakeland Electric's tips for a storm

Lakeland, Florida -- As evident with Tropical Storm Debby, Florida's summer storms are upon us and we have already experienced a number of named storms early in the hurricane season.

Lakeland Electric says the company is working very hard at providing reliable power to their customers and the utility takes great pride in restoration efforts during storm season.   

Lakeland Electric acts in the event of an emergency and they urge customers to do the same: