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Citrus SO reminds importance of early, special needs storm prep
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Citrus SO reminds importance of early, special needs storm prep

Citrus County, Florida-- In the days before a hurricane hits, the lines at grocery stores often seem to wrap around the building as shoppers stock up on day-to-day essentials like water, ice and batteries. But for people with special needs, planning for a storm should start weeks — or even months — in advance of a hurricane.

With hurricane season ramping up, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind all of our citizens to register with Emergency Management’s special needs program as soon as possible.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health, county transportation, private transport companies and the Citrus County School Board to provide assistance for our special needs population in the case of a natural disaster.

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Florida Department of Health nurses review each participant’s registration form to make sure records are accurate and the best evacuation plan can be achieved; the CCSO has education programs in place to help these citizens prepare and find safe shelter, however the responsibility for storm preparation rests with individuals and their families or caregivers, and that planning needs to happen early.

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE STORM IS RAGING! 

If you or someone you know is disabled or in need of medical 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, transportation personnel will be sent to aid in the evacuation process.

Click here to access an online registration formOnce it is completed, you're advised to print it, fill it out completely and send it to:

Voluntary Special Needs Program

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

Emergency Operations Center

3549 Saunders Way

Lecanto, FL 34461

Or, you may call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Section at 249-2707.

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