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Emergency Management
Citrus County Accreditation

Citrus County Emergency Management

Dave DeCarlo

EOC Captain
Dave DeCarlo

Emergency management officials work year-round preparing two very important needs for the community, one is for the everyday needs of residents around the county needing Emergency Services by calling 911. Whether it’s a minor event or the beginning of a critical situation, it generally starts with a call to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC, under the leadership of Capt. Joe Eckstein, is home to the 911 Center, Emergency Management Section.

Current EOC
Status
EOC Level 3 - Monitoring
National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) check current status

In 2007, the Citrus County Emergency Operations Center, specifically the 911 Center, received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies' Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program. This achievement is noteworthy because only four other centers in the State of Florida and only 47 centers across the nation have earned this honor.

The EOC 911 Center handles all emergency calls for the county. When you place an emergency call, it goes directly to the EOC 911 Center in Lecanto. Dispatchers route these calls to the appropriate service: law enforcement (Sheriff’s Office), fire, and EMS. Using an enhanced 911 system, communications officers are able to determine the address and phone number of the caller. The Citrus County EOC is one of the few 911 centers across the state that effectively and efficiently houses all services together, ensuring that no time is lost in transferring calls.

The other is always being on the alert for natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding, as well as catastrophic events, like a terrorist attack. Any of these situations could mean some or all of Citrus County is without electrical power, water or other basic necessities. During this time period, it becomes critical that people understand how to take care of themselves for at least 72 hours and have a family disaster plan already in place.

When the EOC activates due to a pending threat, or a disaster strikes, Citizen Information Lines will be staffed.

When necessary, these lines are open 24 hours a day.
The numbers are: 352-527-2106 and 352-746-5470

CERT
Volunteer CERT

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, view our CERT Brochure. To apply, please fill out our CERT Volunteer Application

Special Needs
Special Needs Services

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 249-2705 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.

Download and print our registration form.

Pets
Emergency information for your pets

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.

View a list of items needed and things to do to prepare your pet for an evacuation.

Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Citrus County, Florida
Before & After the Disaster How Can the Clerk of Court Help?
By: Angela Vick, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Angela Vick, Clerk of Court

Disasters happen. They can be small and straightforward or a full-blown catastrophe. We cannot always avoid disaster, but through diligent planning and preparation we can minimize downtime and data loss. How can the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller help you in the event of a disaster?

Prepared to respond.

The Clerk’s Office has a business continuity plan in place to ensure our ability to serve you within 72 hours depending upon the severity of the disaster. Cooperative agreements guarantee alternate locations to conduct business should the courthouse be damaged or destroyed.

Trained to respond.

Deputy Clerks have been extensively trained in their roles and prepare for disaster response through simulated disaster situations. Training certificates have been achieved for Emergency and Disaster Planning at local, state and federal levels. “All hands on deck” approach. Deputy Clerks are key players in the reconstruction process to restore service to our citizens.

Quality Assurance and Customer Service.

The Clerk’s Office continuously strives to deliver the highest level of quality customer service. Citizens and stakeholders will be provided with the necessary support and communication channels to minimize confusion and ensure restoration of services. If the courthouse is damaged or destroyed, you will still have access to the Official Records and Court Records. The Clerk utilizes data and server redundancy to protect data and insure continuity of critical operations. Data is “mirrored” to a local hurricane-hardened government facility, and is also backed up nightly to tape and securely stored at an offsite location.

Response coordinated with Government partners.

The Clerk’s Office partners with judicial, local and state governmnet agencies to deliver timely assistance.

The Clerk’s Office can help you prepare.

Living in Florida, most of us have gotten pretty good at preparing for the threat of a hurricane, but it is easy to forget the items we will need in the event our home incurs damage or destruction. Among one of the most important is the certified deed to your property which is a requirement to apply for disaster assistance. A certified copy is substantive proof of ownership of your home and/or property and should be stored with other important papers in a safe place, away from your home.

To obtain copies of your recorded documents or for more information, please visit us online at www.clerk.citrus.fl.us, in person at either one of our locations in Inverness or Meadowcrest, or call our office at 352-341-6424. We are available to serve you Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM, except holidays.