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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 go.usa.gov/xQWVJ. 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 fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program.
  • 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 www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFLor 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.

NEWS RELEASE

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 ready.gov/kit. 
  • 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 

Include:
 
  • 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 

Include: 

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: 

Include: 

  • 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 www.snr.floridadisaster.org 

For more on the tips above and disaster planning for those with access and functional needs or disabilities, or for children, visit Ready.gov. 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.

NEWS RELEASE

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

Mayor Walter Green Honored with 2018 Home Rule Hero Award - Florida League of Cities

Mayor Walter Green Honored with 2018 Home Rule Hero Award Florida League of Cities Recognized City of Dunnellon Official for Outstanding Advocacy Efforts During the 2018 Legislative Session

CONTACT:   Dawn Bowne, City Administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   /352-465-8500

The Florida League of Cities recently recognized Mayor Walter Green with a 2018 Home Rule Hero Award. Mayor Green earned this prestigious award for his tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2018 legislative session.

“These dedicated municipal officials are some of the Florida League of Cities’ biggest advocates for municipal issues,” said Florida League of Cities President Gil Ziffer. “Their efforts during the 2018 legislative session were extraordinary. The League and its legislative team are proud to recognize and thank them for their service.”

Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems through and by local decision makers with minimal state interference. The Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials – both elected and nonelected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.

“The City of Dunnellon applauds the Florida League of Cities for their acknowledgement of these outstanding municipal officials. It is of little surprise that Mayor Green’s assiduous efforts have earned him this prestigious recognition as he is incredibly dedicated to his work as Mayor, bringing about positive change and improving the quality of life for those he serves,” said City of Dunnellon’s City Administrator Dawn Bowne.

Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy. For more information, visit www.floridaleagueofcities.com.



RESCISSION OF PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE

MARCH 17, 2018

RESCISSION OF PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE

TO:       RESIDENTS/ BUSINESSES IN THE  CITY OF DUNNELLON & CHATMIRE

THE "PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE" ISSUED   *March 15, 2018 IS HEREBY RESCINDED.

THE WATER HAS BEEN BACTERIOLOGICALLY TESTED AND FOUND SAFE TO CONSUME.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL PUBLIC SERVICES AT 352-465-8590.

CITY OF DUNNELLON, FLORIDA
PUBLIC SERVICES
WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT

Posted on the City's website:  03/17/2018


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

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2018

 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.

Press Release

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. 

Press Release

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