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  • CERT
  • Sirens
  • Special Needs
  • Pets
  • Emergency Management Events

CERT Training Class: To Be Determined.

What is CERT? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains people to be prepared for emergency situations in their community and neighborhood. CERT members give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, collect important disaster information and provide that first neighborhood help in the immediate hours following a major emergency.

During the initial hours following a disaster, emergency personnel are overloaded, unable to reach areas or are short of workers to respond. Others often have had to pitch in to help persons in their immediate neighborhood.

A CERT team is made up of your neighbors and business colleagues whose actions make a difference. Following a 21-hour basic training program and ongoing efforts, the team can manage utilities, put out small fires, provide lifesaving interventions, perform basic search and rescue operations, plus assist in damage assessment, evacuation and rapid sheltering. CERT is active in over 30 Florida counties, and Citrus County offers CERT training through the Sheriff’s Office.  Contact the Emergency Management Section at 746-6555 to find out about classes and how your neighborhood can learn to work together.

For more info, click here CERT Brochure. To apply, click here CERT Volunteer Application

Sirens Alert -- Westside

During hazardous weather (or any emergency that threatens life or property, including problems at Progress Energy’s power plant), Citrus County emergency management, in cooperation with the City of Inverness, City of Crystal River and the Board of County Commissioners, will activate the warning siren system located on the west side of the county.

If the sirens sound continuously for 3 to 5 minutes, it means that officials have important information for the public.  Tune your television or radio to one of the Emergency Alert System stations (listed on this website).

Know that the siren system is tested each Friday at noon (except on holidays), and there is no need for alarm during these times.

If a siren sounds and no emergency information follows, or you notice a siren that appears to be damaged or not working, please call 746-6555, or after normal business hours, call 911.

Special Needs:

If you or someone you know is disabled or in need of assistance during an evacuation (and is not presently in a nursing home or adult congregate living facility), plans should be made to register with Emergency Management’s special needs program.  This program identifies the disability, plus the special equipment or specific assistance needed during an evacuation.

If an evacuation is ordered, contact will be made with the special needs person to confirm that assistance is still needed.  If it is, specially trained personnel will be sent to aid in the evacuation process.

Should you or someone you know need such assistance, please call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Division at 249-2707 or you may call Emergency Management at 746-6555.

Lecanto Primary School will be the site for the Pet Friendly Shelter for Citrus County residents. Animal Control will be in charge of this shelter.


Lecanto Primary School will be the site for the Pet Friendly Shelter for Citrus County residents. Animal Control will be in charge of this shelter.

Plan your evacuation strategy and don’t forget your pet!  Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm’s way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster. If you plan to shelter your pet, work it into your evacuation route planning. 

Contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.

For a list of items needed and things to do Click Here.

C.E.R.T. Training: To Be Determined.


To schedule a speaker for an event, contact Captain Joe Eckstein by phone at 249-2706 or by e-mail at, or contact Bob Wesch by phone at 249-2708 or by e-mail at For information about C.E.R.T. or to sign up for a class, contact Bob Wesch by phone at 249-2708 or by e-mail at

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