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Department of Homeland Security Warns to be on the Alert for Fraud and Scams

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is raising awareness that Hurricane Irma disaster survivors, and their friends and family, should be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. Although many Americans are working hard to help their neighbors now, during chaotic times, some will always try to take advantage of the most vulnerable.

To dispel some of the false rumors circulating on the internet and social media, FEMA has a dedicated website to address some of the most common themes. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Visit FEMA's Hurricane Rumor Control page to get the most accurate information from trusted sources.

Here are a few guidelines to protect yourself, or someone you care about, from disaster fraud:

•Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money. FEMA staff will never charge applicants for disaster assistance, home inspections, or help filling out applications. Stay alert for false promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance, or building permit process.

•In person, always ask to see any FEMA employee ID badges. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in impacted communities providing information and assisting survivors with the registration process or their applicant files.

•A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. All FEMA representatives, including our contracted inspectors, will have a laminated photo ID. All National Flood Insurance Program adjusters will have a NFIP Authorized Adjuster Card with their name and the types of claims they may adjust.

•If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter claiming to be an emergency management official, do not give out personal information, and contact local law enforcement

•If you suspect fraud, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud’s hotline at 1-866-720-5721, or email the organization at disaster@leo.gov. You can also report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.  Learn more about the National Center for Disaster Fraud at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud.

•In Florida, disaster-related fraud information is available on the State Attorney General’s Office website at www.MyFloridaLegal.com, or by calling the office at 1-866-966-7226.

Hurricane survivors are also encouraged to notify local authorities to cases of lawlessness or violence, especially in hurricane shelters. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. For other cases: In Florida, report suspicious/criminal activity to 1-855-352-7233.

Save Our Waters Cleanup Cancelled

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County and Save Our Waters waterway cleanup scheduled for Saturday, September 16 has been cancelled. A new date has not been scheduled at this time. 

Women and Social Security Program Rescheduled for September 25

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County and Kurt Davis for the Rescheduled Women and Social Security


WHO:           Woman approaching 65 or applying for Social Security 


WHAT:         Women and Social Security: 

Learn about maximizing your social security benefits.  Get answers to your Social Security questions, concerns, and options from a knowledgeable unbiased source.     


WHEN:          September 25, 2017 

                     Monday Night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

WHERE:         UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 

                     3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto, FL 34461


WHY: What to do about Social Security can be one of the most complex questions you will face when you reach 65. Understanding the basics can provide you with the ability to take the proper steps when required and helps you to deal with problems when you need to.  The previous Women and Social Security class was cancelled due to weather.  We have rescheduled for September 25.  There is still space available, if you are interested in attending this class please call ahead and reserve your spot.


          To register online: https://womensocialsecurity.eventbrite.com


For more information or to register, contact Sarah at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.


Citrus County Transit Resumes Regular Service September 14

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Transit will resume regular services effective Thursday, September 14, 2017 for the Deviated Fixed Orange Line and the Para-Transit door to door services. For more information visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/trans/transportation.htm

Checklist For Storm Debris Clean-Up

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Anticipating that there will be significant amounts of natural vegetation tree debris generated from the impact of Hurricane Irma, and to facilitate the clean-up, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines:

· Crews will begin storm generated vegetative debris collection on October 2, 2017.

· Only storm generated natural vegetation will be collected.

· Please bring all storm generated natural vegetation to the curbside as quickly as possible.

· Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris around mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, next to fences, cars, telephone poles or under guide wires.

· Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris in the road.

· If you decide to perform your own clean-up and drive items to the landfill, you will be charged the normal prices.

· Storm related vegetative debris removed by contractors is not eligible for pick-up.

· The debris pick-up only includes residential properties located on County maintained roadways at this time.  Private roadway pick-up must be authorized by FEMA.

Citrus County Storm Debris Pickup Update

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County’s storm debris contractor will commence the first of two roadside pickups of storm related VEGETATIVE ONLY debris on Monday, October 2.

The storm debris will be collected from every publicly accessible county road within Citrus County, as long as debris is not mixed and the debris is placed where it can be mechanically collected. Keep curbside debris from obstructing the view of motorists,  away from fire hydrants and any signage.

Please note, construction/demolition debris (furniture, carpet, shingles, building materials), and household hazardous waste WILL NOT be collected by the contractor but may be taken to the Citrus County Central Landfill.

The contractor will have crews throughout Citrus County and the schedule will be determined at a later date. Residents are asked to be patient as the contractor works to complete the collection.

Citrus County Updated Pool and Park Information

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Central Ridge Community Center, Bicentennial Pool, Holder Community Building and all park fields remain CLOSED due to loss of power. Citrus Springs Community Center is CLOSED to public due to its continued use as a shelter. Central Ridge Pool OPEN today

Grace Period for Citrus County Utility Customers

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County has announced a ten-day grace period for all required utility payments for utility customers.  For more information on Citrus County Utility Billing and Customer Service visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/cs/customer-service.htm

Board of County Commissioners Meeting Schedule Update

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) held a special meeting yesterday, September 12, in place of their regularly scheduled meeting, to update the Commissioners and the public regarding storm and recovery efforts.  No other actions were taken at the meeting.  

The regularly scheduled BOCC meeting for September 12 will be held on September 19 at 1:00 PM, rescheduled Public Hearings will be at 1:30 PM and 1:40 PM. The Tentative Budget Hearing scheduled for September 14 at 5:01 PM will be held September 19 at 5:01 PM.  The final Budget Hearing remains scheduled for September 26 at 5:01 PM

All meetings will take place at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness. Meeting agendas and minutes are available on the Citrus County Clerk’s website at: http://www.citrusclerk.org/ .  

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