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Weather Safety Classes offered at Citrus County Libraries

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on June 25, 2018

The 2017 hurricane season kept Nature Coast residents on their toes; with multiple storms damaging the area in a short amount of time, many residents learned too late the kind of devastation that the weather can bring. So far it is unclear what this year will bring; no matter what the forecast shows, it is important to be prepared for intense weather far in advance. For this reason, the Citrus Libraries are making a number of free resources available to the public.

All five branches of the Citrus County Library System are currently host Summer Safety Stations, with literature from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, FEMA, Bay News 9, and other agencies featuring valuable information about how to prepare for a serious storm.

The Research & Instruction Librarians have developed a class full of technology tips that can help residents stay ready for an emergency. The class will focus on popular apps that can be handy to have in inclement weather, as well as some of the online resources that can provide updates before, during, and after a big storm. Librarians will even cover a few tricks on where to charge phones and how to conserve batteries should the power be out for an extended period. These classes will be held in the following locations and times:

  • Coastal Region branch – Monday, June 25 from 2:00 – 3:30PM
  • Central Ridge branch – Wednesday, June 27 from 10:15 – 11:45AM
  • Homosassa branch – Thursday, July 5 from 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Central Ridge branch – Thursday, July 12 from 1:30 – 3:00PM
  • Coastal Region branch – Wednesday, July 18 from 10:30AM– 12:00PM
  • Lakes Region branch – Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Floral City branch – Tuesday, July 31 from 10:3AM -1200PM

For those looking to better understand severe weather, Meteorologist Juli Marquez of Bay News 9 will be visiting the Coastal Region branch on Tuesday, July 31 at 10:15AM and Lakes Region branch the same day at 11:45AM. Juli is an award winning journalist who’s coverage of tornadoes and other extreme weather events has earned her a great deal of valuable experience. Questions will be encouraged should time permit.

Besides securing family and home, one’s yard also needs some attention before a storm to prevent easily avoidable damage. The Citrus County Library System is partnering with the University of Florida Extension Services Office to provide the community with information on securing yards and gardens before a hurricane.

These classes will be available at Coastal Region branch on July 24 at 1:00PM and Central Ridge branch on August 9 at 10:30AM.

The Citrus County Library System would also like to remind the community to keep their local library in mind after a serious storm has passed. Libraries can be excellent places to access emergency information online and charge your electronic devices should the power be out at your dwelling.