U.S. Representative

Dennis A. Ross

Proudly Serving Florida's 15th Congressional District

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season officially starts June 1st in Florida and runs through November 30. Please take all necessary precautions to remain safe.

Here are some precautions that FEMA suggests:
  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Make plans to secure your property:
    • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
    • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
    • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
    • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
    • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
    • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
    • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
    • Install a generator for emergencies.
    • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.

For details on how to best prepare for a hurricane, please visit the Federal Emergency Management Association's www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

For Power Outages:

Duke Energy



Current outages in the Lakeland Electric service territory: http://www.lakelandelectric.com/Residential/CustomerService/PowerOutageTracker/tabid/484/Default.aspx

To report an outage or fallen power lines, call their 24-hour automated toll-free line at 1-866-834-4248.


• During the day (7a.m. – 5p.m.) Call 863-534-0134 or 863-534-0142
• After 5p.m. Call 863-534-0134 and it will be routed to the police department to dispatch to the electric utility.