Hurricane Idalia

As our community recovers from the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia, Citrus County is working with state, local, and other federal leaders to ensure that all residents have access to resources and support. 

American Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency: 1-800-621-3362
Speech/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-462-7585

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) State Assistance Information Line (SAIL): 1-800-342-3557

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistance: 1-386-719-5590

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance Center: 1-800-659-2955

The boat launch, boardwalk, and fishing pier at Fort Island Gulf Beach all sustained damage during Hurricane Idalia and remain closed until further notice. Staff are currently working to assess the extent of the storm damage and do not yet have an estimated time frame for repairs. For more information, call 352-527-7540.

Debris Removal
Pickups within unincorporated Citrus County (not within the city limits of Crystal River or Inverness) are ongoing and will continue until all storm debris is accounted for.

Residents are asked to stage debris (not including everyday household trash) in the right-of-way for pick up, separating vegetative debris, construction & demolition debris, appliances, and electronics. Avoid stacking or leaning – placing debris near or on trees, poles, or other structures makes removal difficult. For more information about debris pickup, call 352-527-5477.

Below you'll find a video explaining the process, a guide to how to sort debris and a link to our Debris Collection Dashboard where you can monitor pick-up in your area:

Citrus County Debris Removal Dashboard
Track progress on Debris Removal from areas impacted by Hurricane Idalia.

Standard landfill fees apply for self-haul debris. Some items (such as furniture, carpet, padding, mattresses, scrap metal, etc.) are always free per the landfill's residential fee schedule. For more information, call 352-527-7670 or email

Disaster Recovery Center
The Citrus County FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is located at the West Citrus Community Center (8940 W Veterans Drive in Homosassa). The DRC is open Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will remain open through Saturday, October 7, 2023.  

At the DRC, individuals can apply for assistance, check the status of a FEMA application, find housing and rental assistance information, get referrals to other agencies, learn about Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs, and more.

Citrus County Transit is offering free transportation for residents from their location to the DRC (by appointment only). Call 352-527-7630 to schedule a pickup.
Emergency Shelter
The American Red Cross emergency shelter located at The Bin Spot - Homosassa is now closed. Those receiving services from this location have been transitioned to other assistance. If you or someone you know still needs assistance, please call 1-800-733-2767.

Immediate repairs may be required to protect the integrity of some storm-damaged structures and property. Citrus County has initiated a temporary 72-hour grace period for emergency repairs which require a permit. For more information, call 352-527-5310.