Longwood volunteers spreading Zika awareness

CERT members hung flyers at homes around the city


LONGWOOD. Fla. – Volunteers took the fight against Zika to the streets and spent Saturday morning going door to door hanging informational flyers all across the city of Longwood.

With a plan in place and a lesson on the Zika virus from the Seminole County health department, several CERT volunteers were ready to hit the streets.

"We're going to go from Raven to 434, and 17-92 to 427 is the perimeter we're covering today," Kim Applebee, a member of Longwood's Certified Emergency Response Team said. "We want to keep our city safe."

The group split up in teams. They went house to house and hung informational mosquito flyers on every doorknob.

"We've got 1,100 of these to get out today and we're not going to stop until we get them all hung up on doors," Applebee said.

Applebee lead the charge. She told News 6 that with the recent rain we got from Hermine and the threat of the Zika virus in South Florida, it is important now more than ever to spread awareness and educate the community.

"It helps to remind them to dump standing water so that we keep Central Florida Zika free," said Applebee.

The flyers showed potential mosquito breeding grounds around your home. Applebee told News 6 there are places people may not even think of.

"Tires, plant parts, wheelbarrows, tops, anything that holds water," she said.

These boots on the ground are the latest efforts to prevent Zika from coming to Central Florida. Longwood city leaders add they wanted to be proactive and not wait until it is too late.

"To ensure that our people's well being, as far as Zika is concerned, that they are well provided for and cared for," Longwood City Commissioner John Maingot said.

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