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FEMA, Disaster Assistance and Flood Information

Hurricane Preparation

 

PRIOR TO A HURRICANE:

  1. MAKE A PLAN, VISIT https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit & http://www.sheriffcitrus.org/citrus-county disaster-preparation.php
  2. KNOW YOUR ESCAPE ROUTES
  3. PICK A LOCATION TO MEET
  4. DECIDE HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE


IMPENDING HURRICANE:

 

 

  1. STAY ABREAST OF THE HURRICANE TRACK, ESTIMATED LANDFALL, AND LANDFALL LOCATION.
  2. EVACUATE IF ORDERED
  3. FOLLOW THE HURRICANE AT http://www.sheriffcitrus.org/emergency-management.php  or https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/


AFTER A HURRICANE:

WHAT TO DO?

  1. DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR HOME UNTIL THE CITRUS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS DECLARED THE AREA TO BE SAFE
  2. YOU MAY BEGIN CLEAN-UP OF YOUR PROPERTY, BUT DO NOT BEGIN REPAIRS WITHOUT CONTACTING THE PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT:  352-795-4216, EXT. 317.  IT IS OKAY TO REMOVE DAMAGED ITEMS.
  3. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE FEMA REQUIRED PAPERWORK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and/or DURING YOUR PERMITTING PROCESS IF YOU SUSTAINED DAMAGE.  TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE DAMAGE, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR.  SEE FORMS BELOW!
  4. BEWARE OF SCAMS - NO LEGITIMATE CONTRACTOR WILL STATE THAT YOU DO NOT NEED A PERMIT FOR A REPAIR - CHECK WITH THE CRYSTAL RIVER BUILDING DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO SIGNING ANY CONTRACT OR PAYING ANY MONEY!  WE WILL CONFIRM IF YOUR CONTRACTOR IS LICENSED AND INSURED!  PLEASE READ ADVICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS.


REMEMBER:  DO NOT BEGIN REPAIRS OR SIGN A CONTRACT WITH A CONTRACTOR UNTIL YOU HAVE CHECKED WITH THE CITY BUILDING DEPARTMENT AT 352-795-4216, EXT. 317!

Important Phone Numbers:

Citrus County Emergency Management:  352-746-6555

Citizen Information Lines:  352-746-5470 or 352-746-2106

City of Crystal River Floodplain Manager:  352-795-4216, ext. 308

Crystal River Development Services:  352-795-4216, ext. 306

Flood Information
Crystal River Ordinance pertaining FEMA
Ordinance 14-O-14 adopts regulations for all properties with structures below base flood elevation in the City of Crystal River.

Notice for Work on Existing Buildings in Special Flood Hazard Areas

Flood Zone Information
Crystal River is in a Flood Zone for more information click the link above.
Disaster Assistance
  • To be eligible for federal aid under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Irma.
  • FEMA funding CANNOT duplicate what’s being paid for through other insurance. Rather, FEMA can help fill in the gaps for insurance.
  • Register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again.
  • If you do not have internet access, you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly.
    • The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
    • Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood policyholders may be eligible for reimbursement of actions taken to protect their property. Call your insurance agent to find out more.
  • To file a flood insurance claim under the NFIP, contact your insurance agent immediately. You can also call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) – select option 2 – to learn more about your policy, and be directed to the appropriate claims resource. 
  • FEMA may provide Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) to eligible disaster survivors who are unable to return to their homes for an extended period and need shelter. TSA provides short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose residence is uninhabitable or inaccessible.

  • FEMA aims to help Irma survivors live in a safe, sanitary and functional living environment until they have a more permanent housing solution.

  • To be eligible for TSA, individuals and households must: 
    • Register with FEMA for assistance.
    • Pass identity and citizenship verification.
    • Have a pre-disaster primary residence located in a geographic area that is designated for TSA.
    • Be displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence as a result of the disaster.
    • Be unable to obtain lodging through another source.
  • For those eligible, FEMA will authorize and fund TSA through direct payments to participating hotels/motels. The list of approved hotels is available at DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline 1-800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 1-800-462-7585).

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/15/hurricane-irma-response-and-relief-operations-continue-full-federal

 
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City of Crystal River

123 NW HWY 19, Crystal River, FL 34428

Ph: (352) 795-4216

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