City of Clermont Proclaims Local Emergency in Anticipation of Hurricane Dorian


The City of Clermont has proclaimed a local emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.

Clermont Mayor Gail Ash signed the resolution on Aug. 29 foreseeing possible significant rainfall and wind, which could cause substantial harm to residents and property in Clermont. The latest advisory from the National Weather Service forecasts Dorian to be a dangerous Category 4 hurricane as it approaches the Florida east coast late this Labor Day weekend.

“We are taking every possible measure to ensure that the City of Clermont is prepared for Hurricane Dorian,” Ash said. “Its path may be uncertain, but we will not take any chances. Now is the time for our citizens to gather their supplies and review their disaster plans if they haven’t already.”


The city’s decision to proclaim a local emergency followed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Aug. 28 executive order declaring a state of emergency in 26 Florida counties in the path of Dorian, and then the governor’s Aug. 29 expansion of the state of emergency to include all 67 counties throughout Florida. Lake County Commission Chairman Leslie Campione declared a local state of emergency for the county on Aug. 29, preceding the city’s decision.

These formal actions ensure that the State of Florida, Lake County and City of Clermont have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare. The city already gave out about 12,000 free sandbags on Aug. 29 and will continue today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 31 at West Park, 658 12th St.

The City of Clermont has been closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and has been in regular communication with state and local agencies regarding storm preparation. The State and Lake County Emergency Operations Centers activated to a Level 2 on Aug. 29 to enhance coordination between federal, state and local emergency management agencies.

The governor recommended that Florida residents should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, as well as a plan in case of disaster.

The city encourages residents to sign up for Alert Lake for Lake County weather alerts and information by phone, text or email; register or text ALERTLAKE to 888777.

A Citizens Information Line is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily for Lake County-specific questions at 352-253-9999; the line will be open 24/7 beginning at 7 a.m. on Aug. 31. No county emergency shelters are open at this time. Visit for information on county shelters, sandbag locations, debris reporting and more.

For city-specific updates, visit the City of Clermont’s official website,, and its official City of Clermont Government Facebook page at; you can also view the Facebook newsfeed on the website homepage.

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