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Tips on keeping safe this Hurricane Season

Tips on keeping safe this Hurricane Season

Polk County, FL -- June is National Hurricane Preparedness Month and marks the beginning of hurricane season.

According to forecasters, the Atlantic basin is facing a busy hurricane season with an estimated 12 to 18 named storms this year including six to 10 that will become hurricanes.

As a public service, Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Polk County, a leading provider of fire and water damage clean up and restoration services for residential and commercial properties, is offering these tips for hurricane season to help keep families safe.

According to Kevin Lethers, Paul Davis office owner, hurricane preparedness includes:

Prepare for Hurricane Season at Polk Co. Expo

Prepare for Hurricane Season at Polk Co. Expo

Polk County, FL -- Cover the bases and prepare for hurricane season with family activities at the annual Polk County Hurricane Expo on Saturday, June 4.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and the expo offers the perfect opportunity for families to speak with area experts about products, services, weather and hurricane readiness. The FREE event will take place 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Orange Dome in Winter Haven, located at 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 

Those who can’t make it to the expo site can still participate – online!  Log onto one of the partnering webcast host sites to watch the presentations and submit questions and comments, engage in online polls, and share personal hurricane stories.  The webcast sites will open on Friday, June 3, with readiness information, poll questions, and a speaker itinerary.

How to prepare for natural disaster

How to prepare for natural disaster

Winter Haven, Florida -- The Polk County Emergency Management Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps Program want to educate and empower residents on preparing for natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

On June 1, members of Polk County's Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) will be at the Lakeland Flying Tigers Minor League baseball game, distributing ready materials and will be available to answer any questions from fans.

Flying Tigers and Polk County team up for Emergency Preparedness Night

Flying Tigers and Polk County team up for Emergency Preparedness Night

Polk County, FL -- The Lakeland Flying Tigers and Polk County Emergency Management have teamed up to host an Emergency Preparedness Night on Wednesday, June 1.

The event will when the gates to Joker Marchant Stadium open at 6 p.m. and will continue throughout the game as the Flying Tigers battle the Ft. Myers Miracle.

First pitch will cross home plate at 7 p.m.

For the eighth consecutive year, Minor League Baseball is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps Program to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Polk: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Polk: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for northwestern Hardee, southwestern Hillsborough, southeastern Polk, Manatee and western Sarasota Counties until 5:00 p.m.

The National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds in excell of 60 mph.  These storms have a history of also producing small hail.  The storms are moving East at 25 mph.

The storms will be near:

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County continues to collect debris from March 31 storm

Polk County, FL -- The debris generated by the severe storms that occurred on March 31 exceeded normal curbside collection services.

The Board of County Commissioners secured additional resources (25 employees, 20 claw trucks and 18 transfer trucks) to complete an initial collection of all debris piles by May 6. 

Crews continue to work extended collection hours, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Initially, all claw trucks were dispatched to unincorporated address areas west of U.S. Highway 98 that experienced the most severe damage (entire trees fallen).