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NEWS RELEASE - Financial Preparedness Important for Floridians

Hurricane season begins June 1

ORLANDO, Fla. – When disaster strikes, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery.

  • Download FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit at It has tips to help reduce the financial impact of disasters. It also contains a checklist of all documents that may be needed after a disaster.
  • Keep some cash at home in a safe place. Have small bills on hand because ATMs and credit cards may not work during a disaster.
  • Obtain property—homeowners or renters—insurance. It will ensure having financial resources to repair, rebuild or replace damaged property.
  • All Floridians should buy flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program as homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding. Learn more online at
  • Arrange to get benefits electronically as mail service may be disrupted for weeks. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks.
  • Purchase a portable charger to keep cell phones and other devices charged when the power goes out to continue to pay monthly bills online.

Prepare ahead by collecting all important records and storing them in a safe place, either in a safety deposit box, on an external drive or the cloud. In the event of an emergency it will prove invaluable to know where to find all vital documents.

Personal Documents

  • Photo ID for all household members
  • Birth certificates
  • Social Security cards
  • Proof of military service
  • Pet ID tags

Financial and Legal Documents

  • Housing payments
  • Insurance policies
  • Sources of income
  • Tax statements

Medical Information

  • Physician information
  • Health insurance cards
  • Immunization records
  • Medications

For more recovery information, visit, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page.

FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Posted on the City's website:  4/24/2018

NEWS RELEASE - Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities - Hurricane Season Begins June 1
Hurricane Season Begins June 1 

ORLANDO, Fla. – The keys to effective disaster preparedness—be informed, make a plan and take action—apply to all of us, but people with access and functional needs or disabilities, should approach preparedness planning with additional considerations.
Additional considerations could include: 

  • Creating a support network. Check with those who can assist you, if needed. Keep a contact list in a watertight container in your emergency kit. Learn more at 
  • Planning ahead for accessible transportation for evacuation or getting to a medical clinic. Work with local services, public transportation or paratransit to identify local or private accessible transportation options. 
  • Informing a support network where your emergency supplies are; you may want to give one member a key to your house or apartment. 
  • Knowing location and availability of more than one facility for dialysis if dialysis is part of a health maintenance plan or routine or other life-sustaining treatment. 
  • Preparing to use medical equipment if a power outage occurs. 
  • Wearing medical alert tags or bracelets. 
  • Making note of the best way to communicate with you in an emergency if you have a communications disability. 
  • Planning how to evacuate with assistive devices or how to replace equipment if lost or destroyed. Keep model information and note where the equipment came from such as Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. 

Build a Kit 

In addition to having basic survival supplies, an emergency kit should contain items to meet individual needs in various emergencies. Consider items used daily and those needed to add to a kit. 

Tips for People who are deaf or hard of hearing 

  • A weather radio with text display and a flashing alert 
  • Extra hearing-aid batteries 
  • A TTY 
  • Pen and paper in case you have to communicate with someone who does not know sign language 

Tips for People who are blind or have low vision 


Mark emergency supplies with Braille labels or large print. Keep a list of your emergency supplies on a portable flash drive, or make an audio file that is kept in a safe place where you can access it. 
Keep a Braille, or Deaf-Blind communications device in an emergency supply kit. 

Tips for People with a mobility disability: 


  • If you use a power wheelchair, have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup. Show others how to operate your wheelchair. 
  • Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, and if it is collapsible for transportation. 
  • Keep an extra mobility device such as a cane or walker, if you use one. 
  • If you use a seat cushion to protect your skin or maintain your balance, and you must evacuate without your wheelchair, take your cushion with you. 

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with each local emergency management agency in the state, developed a registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies. To register, please visit 

For more on the tips above and disaster planning for those with access and functional needs or disabilities, or for children, visit The range of needs runs wide and effective planning runs deep. Be ready for hurricanes—and for any other disaster … and help those who may need neighborly assistance. 

FEMA’s Mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters. 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

Posted on the City's website:  4/17/2018


MARCH 17, 2018







Rescission of Precautionary Boil Notice

Within City Limits & Chatmire Residents-Mandatory Boil Water Notice as a Result of Main Water Break


 Media Contact:  Dawn M. Bowne, City Administrator

All utility customers within the city limits and Chatmire residents are under a mandatory boil water notice as a result of a break in a main 12 inch water line behind the Publix construction area by a contractor for Duke Energy. The line was repaired as quickly as possible today. However, these customers are under a mandatory boil water notice per FDEP permitting regulations.

As a precaution, all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used. This “precautionary boil water notice” will remain in effect until the bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. To comply with the law, Saturday at noon will be the earliest time that the City may have the test results back.

City staff will be prepared to stop the mandatory boil water notice Saturday if the test results are satisfactory.

A 411 information call was placed today to each utility customer possibly affected using the phone number provided at the time you opened your account. If you did not receive a call, please make sure you update your phone number by contacting our billing office at 352-465-8500 ext. 1006.

We truly understand the inconvenience this causes our customers and thank you so very much for your patience. 

The current mandatory testing of our fire hydrants did not take place today as a result of the water line break and will resume next week as previously advertised.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Utility Department at 352-465-8590.

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City of Dunnellon Press Release - Mandatory Fire Hydrant Testing
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2018

Media Contact: Dawn M. Bowne, City Administrator

The Marion County Fire Department under the supervision of the City utility department will conduct mandatory fire hydrant testing all day throughout the City, beginning Tuesday March 13 through Thursday March 15 and continuing Tuesday March 20 through Thursday March 22. Because of the high intensity of hydrant flushing required this particular year, which ensures an excellent ISO rating that has a direct effect on property insurance ratings, you may experience temporary water pressure reduction or water quality issues during these tests. The schedule was developed to minimize impact to our customers. However, if you experience any water discoloration, which is normal, please let your water run until it is clear. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Utility Department at 352-465-8590. Thank you for your patience through this necessary process. 

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Posted on the City's website: 3/9/2018