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BOCC proclaims May 15-21 CERT week

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT.)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on May 9 proclaimed the week of May 15 - 21 as Community Emergency Response Team Week in Citrus County.
 
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) exist in Florida and throughout the United State to respond to emergency situations within the community such as hurricanes, tornados, fire and flooding. 
 
Citrus County CERT volunteers are trained to respond in their neighborhoods when Police, Fire and EMS resources are being used at capacity and may not be available for hours or days depending on the ext

Cooling fan failure causes reroute of 911 center

The failure of a cooling fan on Sunday caused an equipment failure when it didn't come on when it should have.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Monday that the incident impacted the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Center's call Center in Lecanto.
 
The CCSO had a backup plan for just such an emergency, the Sheriff's Office said. The 911 call center opened up a backup 911 center until the problem was resolved.
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Obama declares Florida emergency

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew beginning on October 3, 2016, and continuing.

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Weather to get dicey soon

Tropical Storm Hermine is now moving north, then northeast this evening with landfall forecasted for Friday at 12 a.m. in Apalachicola, FL.

The National Hurricane Center is not ruling out that this could become a hurricane prior to landfall on Friday.

Citrus County dodges weather bullet, but second round coming

National Weather ServiceCitrus County on Wednesday dodged a weather bullet, but the same front that tore through the county is coming back from the south on Friday.

A check with the county's emergency management office showed no significant incidents of damage or flooding reported on the county's west side on Wednesday.

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