POLK COUNTY EMERGENCY DECLARATION ORDER 17-03
AN ORDER AND DECLARATION IMPLEMENTING A CURFEW DURING THE DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY 17-01FOR HURRICANE IRMA
LAKELAND, FL (September 12, 2017) – The Lakeland Emergency Operations Center has been fully manned since Sunday at 12 p.m. At the height of the storm, Lakeland experienced sustained winds in excess of 85 m.p.h. The impact due to Hurricane Irma is extensive with major tree canopy damage and over 65% of Lakeland Electric customers are without power. There were isolated reports of flooding, especially in low-lying areas that are prone to drainage issues. The storm brought heavy winds and rain to the area that has already experienced higher than normal rain levels.
LAKELAND, FL (September 11, 2017 | 11 AM) – The Lakeland Emergency Operations Center has been fully manned since Sunday at 12 p.m. At the height of the storm, Lakeland experienced sustained winds in excess of 85 m.p.h. The impact due to Hurricane Irma is extensive with major tree canopy damage and over 65% of Lakeland Electric customers are without power. There are isolated reports of flooding, especially in low-lying areas that are prone to drainage issues. The storm brought heavy winds and rain to the area that has already experienced higher than normal rain levels.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning about the use of unauthorized unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and their potential interference with emergency response operations. If an operator attempts to use a drone or other form of unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS), they may interfere with governmental emergency operations in the area.
We anticipate activating the Lakeland Electric Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by noon pending the return ofwinds to a safe level by noon.
We will implement initial field damage assessments as soon as it is safe to do so (1100 – 1200 hr.)
We will implement the “all hands on deck” and begin restoration around noon and plan to work field crews until 2100 hr., and at this time, we will send field personnel home and expect them to return at 0500 Tuesday morning.
Lakeland, FL (September 8, 2017) | After reviewing today’s 11am update on the current path of Hurricane Irma, the possible land fall projections and impacts to Polk County and subsequent discussions with our Department Head team regarding the closure of their non-essential operations and facilities, I have concluded that we will close all non-essential operations and facilities on a Monday, September 11th. This closing of all Lakeland City offices and services that are not involved in critical and/or emergency service operations based on my belief that if the storm remains on the current path the closure would be in the best interest of the safety of employees of the City and those who may want to do business with City service teams. Additionally, based on the current path and timing of the impacts to Polk County and Lakeland, school closures and the possibility of other governmental and quasi-governmental agency closings, it will be imperative that mission critical services concentrate on restoration efforts and the employees who are non-essential be given the opportunity to do the same on a personal level.
Lakeland, FL (September 8, 2017) – The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is prepared for the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma. The department has activated its Emergency Response Hurricane Plan. Its leadership team has been meeting over the past three days, and will continue to do so through the storm, to ensure that the department is ready and able to respond to the needs of Lakeland’s citizens.
City of Lakeland water customers please take note that it is highly unlikely that the City of Lakeland’s water plants will go down during hurricane situations. City of Lakeland has two water plants. The main water plant has two power feeds, a primary and redundant failsafe, if one power feed fails there is a secondary line to power operations. Each water plant also has a permanent emergency power generator that has been fueled and tested in case there is a total loss of utility power. All pumping stations have generators as well. Both water plants will be staffed for operations during the storm event. All precautionary measures have been put in place, including the addition of having plant electricians onsite during the storm with the all the necessary tools on site for quick repair if needed. If you are a City of Lakeland water customer, there is no need to panic in trying to find water. You may lose water due to the local impacts of Hurricane Irma but there will not be any large-scale water outages. There may be small areas that will be without water, only if a large tree topples and causes a water main break. If that is the case, only a small area will the impacted and repairs will be made ASAP.