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Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Preparedness

The Public Health Preparedness program coordinates planning and program development for the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County and other agencies. Our goal is to protect the health of our residents and visitors from the effects of man-made and naturally-occurring disasters. Being prepared promotes the effective and efficient management of emergency response activities, to minimize the loss of life, injury, and damage to property. The preparedness emergency management cycle is a continuous cycle of preparedness planning, training, exercising, and revising from lessons learned. 

Special Needs Shelters

Special needs shelters are opened during emergency events for residents with specific health and medical conditions and those requiring transportation assistance. The Special Needs Program helps to provide assistance in sheltering, evacuation, and transportation for registered residents during times of diaster with the resources available within Citrus County. See the Special Needs Shelters page for registration and more information.

Strategic National Stockpile

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a resource to supplement requirements for medicine and medical supplies at the location of a disaster or terrorist event. The stockpile increases the preparedness capability of local agencies to repsond to an event. The department trains an exercises for the use of SNS materials with county emergency response agencies to ensure efficiency and cohesiveness among partners.

For more infomation about the stockpile, visit the Strategic National Stockpile page.