With the possibility that current Tropical Storm Erika or any future storm may make landfall over the state of Florida, La Casa residents should be aware of impending weather and take action to reduce damage and protect themselves.
There are a wide range of sites that discuss how to prepare for tropical weather. Here is a quick summary:
- Remove or secure all loose objects outside your home. Secure storm shutters if you have them.
- Have water, batteries for flashlights, and an emergency radio that operates on batteries. A general recommendation is one gallon of water per person per day, for at least three days.
- Have adequate medications to last at least one week past the end of the storm.
- Turn off any unneeded electrical devices. Move any items that could be damaged by flooding to higher areas.
- Know where your nearest evacuation shelter is in advance. If you are told to evacuate your home, do so. Emergency services will not respond when wind speeds exceed their established limits.
If no one is present in the La Casa office, and you have questions about the impending storm or Sarasota County services, the contact number is 941-861-5000.
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Sarasota County has rolled out a more user-friendly way to search proposed new flood risk maps, making it easier to determine which properties are among the 42,700 being added to high risk flood zones. The new search function addresses a major source of frustration with the maps.
Using a link on the county’s website, property owners can plug in their address and see their current flood zone and whether it is changing. The information is important because flood insurance is mandatory for structures in high-risk zones in order to obtain a mortgage, and there are also tougher construction standards for such properties.
Property owners had expressed “consistent” complaints about how difficult it was to navigate the draft flood maps put out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Desiree Companion, the county’s point person for the map revision. The FEMA maps have no search function for individual properties and do not include property lines, making it difficult to determine whether the new high-risk zones are touching certain properties. So county mapping experts took the FEMA information and overlayed it onto local property records. “It’s wonderful,” Companion said. “Just quick, fast, you can see the old (zone) and the new.” The county’s map revision page also has dates, times and locations for four upcoming public forums on the issue.
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by Sally Smith
Dear, Dear La Casa,
A heartfelt thank you to all our friends and neighbors for your prayers, warm wishes and concerns for Tom.
Food has appeared to feed a tired mind and body – MINE. Bless you!!!
As of this writing Tom has been readmitted to the hospital after a very short stay at Quality Health Care. Hopefully when the December La Casa Newsletter is distributed he will be well on his way to recovery. Only time will tell.
Special thanks to Deb and Mike Poe for tending to his precious bonsais. He asks about them daily. I took pictures of the trees so he can see and appreciate Deb and Mike’s hard work. To Marilee, how can I ever repay you for helping me get through one of the longest and worst days of my life. Also, much love to Shirley and Tom Barnes for joining the long wait during the surgery. Tom had his own private cheering section.
The flowers and cards conveyed by Shirley Paro and Tim Davis on behalf of La Casa were bright spots in our narrowed world.
Tom is much too fragile for visitors right now, but hopefully he will soon be ready to see your bright and smiling faces.
Here’s to love, and hope. Tom Sally and Family