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Hurricane Idalia: Prepare & Recover

Updates and Information



Financial Assistance for Businesses:


  1. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a disaster impacts a business and when a business has secured longer term recovery funding such as federally or commercially available loans, insurance claims or other resources.

- Available Funds: $20 million has been allocated to assist businesses impacted by the hurricane.

- Eligibility: Florida-based small businesses

- How to Apply: Visit to fill out the online application.


  1. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans

- Interest Rate: Loans at low-interest rates to cover property damage and economic injury.

- Eligibility: Businesses and residents in Florida

- How to Apply: Go to SBA’s secure application portal at and apply under SBA declaration #18118.

- **Support**: Guidance on how to fill out the application is available.


Career and Employment Assistance:


  1. Careersource Citrus Levy Marion Mobile Career Center

- Location: Citrus County Chamber office, 915 N Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River

- Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week, including Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

- Services:

  • Fee-free job search assistance
  • Help filing for Reemployment Assistance (unemployment compensation)
  • Assistance filing for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program)

- Facilities: Equipped with computer workstations, internet access, and office equipment.


Data Collection & Assessment:


  1. Business Damage Assessment Survey by FloridaCommerce & SERT

- Purpose: The data collected will inform state recovery initiatives and expedite federal assistance.

- How to Participate: Visit and select “Hurricane Idalia” from the dropdown menu.


Hotlines and Contact Information:


  1. FloridaCommerce Private Sector Hotline

- Purpose: For inquiries related to business recovery efforts and available aid.

- Contact: 850-815-4925 (available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

- Email for Further Inquiries:


  1. Citrus County Growth Management’s Building Division

- Services: Providing property assessments, assisting with emergency repair permits.

- Contact: Call 352-527-5310 for inquiries.


Storage & Logistics:


  1. 1. U-HAUL Free Storage

- Offer: 30 days of free self-storage or U-Box container use for storing goods.

- Eligibility: Available to anyone affected by Hurricane Idalia.

- How to Access: Visit the U-Haul website at to find a participating location near you.


Fee Waivers and Donations:


  1. Visa Interchange Fee Waiver & Donation Matching

- Fee Waiver: Interchange fees are waived for all donations made to the Florida Disaster Fund.

- Donation Matching: Visa will match any employee donations made towards Florida disaster relief efforts.


  1. Amazon Gift Cards & Supplies

- Recipient: Nonprofits working on disaster relief

- What's Included: Gift cards and supplies like water, clothing, and food.




  1. Comcast Xfinity WiFi Hotspots

- Locations: 141,000 hotspots across Florida

- How to Access: Visit Xfinity's location map at to find a hotspot. Free for everyone, including non-Xfinity customers.


  1. Verizon Fee Waiver

- Waiver Period: August 30 - September 13

- Services: All prepaid and postpaid domestic call/text/data fees will be waived for residents in the most impacted areas.


Local Regulations & Contractors:


  1. Temporary 72-hour Permit Grace Period

- What: Citrus County Growth Management allows emergency repairs without immediate permits.

- How: Apply for the required permit within 72 hours of initiating the repair.


  1. Florida Disaster Contractors Network

- For Contractors: Register at to provide post-storm construction-related services.

- For Homeowners: Use the same website to find licensed contractors in your area for repairs.


Insurance & Realty:


  1. OIR Informational Memorandum

- Details: Guidelines for insurance companies on disaster preparedness and response.

- Document: Available online at


  1. Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund

- Eligibility: Realtors, their employees, and staff of local associations.

- How to Apply: More information on the application process can be found online

08/31/23 Important Information on Recovery and Assistance Programs in the Wake of Hurricane Idalia

In the wake of the impacts caused by Hurricane Idalia, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce has been in direct communication with County Administrator Steve Howard and Crystal River City Manager, Doug Baber. Damage assessments are currently underway, marking the first step towards community recovery. Additionally, businesses and residents in affected areas are authorized to make necessary repairs needed to protect their structures within the next 72 hours, beginning today, with no initial City or County permits issued.

FloridaCommerce and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Idalia. Survey responses will allow the state to expedite Hurricane Idalia recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses. Businesses can complete the survey online by visiting and selecting “Hurricane Idalia” from the dropdown menu.

SBA Opens Disaster Relief:

President Biden has granted a major disaster declaration, which includes Citrus County. Small businesses, nonprofits, homeowners, and renters in declared disaster areas can apply for assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover and rebuild.

**To apply for SBA assistance:**
1. Visit: [](
2. New applicants will need to create a account and use an authenticator app.
3. For assistance with the application, call 1-800-659-2955 or email

Individual Assistance Programs:

1. **Mass Care and Emergency Assistance (MC/EA)**
2. **Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP)**
3. **Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)**
4. **Disaster Legal Services (DLS)**
5. **Disaster Case Management (DCM)**

Details of these programs are available on FEMA's website and in the attached fact sheet.

**To apply for FEMA Individual Assistance or check the status of your application, visit [](**

Individual and Households Programs:

- Housing Assistance Provision:

1. **Rental Assistance**
2. **Expense Reimbursement**
3. **Home Repair Assistance**
4. **Replacement Assistance**

- Other Needs Assistance (ONA) Provision:

1. **SBA-Dependent Types of ONA**
2. **Non-SBA Dependent Types of ONA**


Applicants must meet general conditions including citizenship status, identity verification, and have needs directly caused by a declared disaster.

Full details about these provisions and their limitations are available in the attached fact sheet.

**For more information on appealing FEMA decisions, contact the FEMA Disaster Helpline at 800-621-3362.**

The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is actively processing incoming information regarding recovery efforts, assistance, and funding opportunities for businesses and individuals in affected areas. Attached are the fact sheets for the Individual Assistance Programs and Individuals and Households Assistance Programs. We are making efforts to contact all our members in the affected areas to assess your status and needs.

For immediate questions or concerns, please reach out to your Member Relations Manager, Corrine, at, or our President/CEO, Josh Wooten, at

We understand that the journey to recovery may be long and complex. Know that we are here to support you every step of the way. Together, we will rebuild stronger than before.

08/29/23 Citrus County Chamber of Commerce Urges Businesses to Register for FloridaDisaster.Biz Ahead of Hurricane Idalia

[Citrus County, Fl | 08/29/23] — As the local community braces for the impending landfall of Hurricane Idalia, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is urging all local businesses to register for FloridaDisaster.Biz, a no-cost platform designed to offer critical support before, during, and after natural disasters.

Why Register for FloridaDisaster.Biz

"This is not just about weathering the storm; it's about rapid recovery afterward. The quicker businesses can assess and report damages, the quicker we can all get back to business," says Jade White, PR Manager of The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce.

FloridaDisaster.Biz offers the following benefits to businesses:

- Real-time Information: Stay up-to-date with the latest disaster updates that directly impact your business.

- Recovery Resources: Access vital information about grants and loans to help businesses in the recovery process.

- Damage Assessments: Report damage assessments directly to the state, thereby expediting assistance and recovery initiatives.

The Chamber of Commerce will continue its commitment to be a reliable source of information during Hurricane Idalia and in its aftermath should the community sustain serious impacts.

"We are here for our businesses and the community at large. Our objective is to provide timely and credible information that helps everyone get through this as best as possible," adds Ms. White.


How to Register

Businesses are encouraged to register now, in advance of Hurricane Idalia, by visiting FloridaDisaster.Biz.

Resources for Recovery

The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce wants to provide you with a ready list of local resources and services that may assist in some of your current needs and concerns. If you are facing an emergency situation, please contact 9-1-1.

Citrus County Government Offices:

Communications & Public Information

3600 W Sovereign Path
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Community Services – Animal Services

4030 South Airport Road
Inverness, Fl 34450

Community Services - Housing

2804 W Marc Knighton Ct
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Community Services - Transit

1300 S Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Fire Rescue/EMS

1520 N. Meadowcrest Blvd
Crystal River, Fl

Public Works - Road Maintenance

1300 S Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Public Works – Solid Waste (Landfill)

230 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Water Resources – Utilities

3600 W Sovereign Path
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Florida Department of Health – Citrus County

3700 W Sovereign Path
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Citrus County Mosquito Control

968 N Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Local Municipalities:

City of Crystal River

123 NW US Hwy 19
Crystal River, Fl 34428

City of Inverness

212 W Main St
Inverness, Fl 34450

Energy/Electric Companies:

Duke Energy

Call: 800-228-8485
Text: OUT to 57801


610 US 41 S Hwy
Inverness, Fl

Withlacoochee Electric

5330 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Lecanto, Fl

Cleaning-Commercial/Residential – Flood, Fire, Mold Mitigation

Better by the Minute

1287 S Palm Ave
Homosassa FL 34448|


BioClean Services of Florida

155595 N SR Hwy 40
Ocala FL 34481


C & C Carpet Cleaning

5414 S Dede Ter
Inverness FL 34452

Nikki’s Home Cleaning LLC

2674 E Jupiter St
Inverness, Fl 3445


Service Master of Citrus County

7765 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River FL 34429


Servpro of Citrus County

1371 N Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto FL 34461

Stanley Steemer

911 Eden Dr
Inverness FL 34452


The Mommy Maids

8672 W Halls River Rd
Homosassa Springs FL 34448


West Central Equipment & Restoration

1871 N Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto FL 34461

Dumpster Services

1st Choice Dumpsters

9094 N Greco Ter
Citrus Springs, Fl 34434

Florida Express Environmental

460 NW 52nd Ave
Ocala, FL 34482
(352) 369-5411

Waste Bros. Environmental & Sewage

6700 N Tallahassee Rd
Crystal River FL 34428

Waste Connections of Sumter

835 CR 529
Lake Panasoffkee FL 33538

Electrical Contractor & Maintenance

All About IT

705 S Easy Street
Lecanto FL 34461


Bailey Electric & Signs, LLC

8255 W Crystal Street
Crystal River FL 34428

Citrus Electric

PO Box 1927
Inverness FL 34451

F & H Contractors

9030 W Fort Island Trial Unit 8
Crystal River FL 34429

Gaudette Electric

6380 S Tex Point
Homosassa FL 34448

Exterior Cleaning Services

Central Florida Pressure N Softwash

1400 US Hwy 41N, 484
Inverness, FL 34451
(352) 533-0589


Citrus Power Wash

5620 S Happy Dr
Homosassa, FL 34446
(352) 503-3056

Kanikki's Lightnight Clean

5451 W Oaklawn St
Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 322-1450

Saltmarsh Exterior Solutions

4 Salvia Ct W
Homosassa, FL 34446
(352) 737-6301

Xstream-Clean LLC Soft & Pressure Washing

611 Poplar St
Inverness, FL
(352) 464-0899

Flooring Services

Best Flooring of Citrus

138 N Florida Ave
Inverness FL 34453


Best Flooring of Citrus - Crystal River

6633 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 795-9605


Cash Carpet & Tile

776 Enterprise Pt
Lecanto FL 34461

Coastal Flooring Solutions

2591 Comanche Pt
Crystal River FL 34429


DAB Home Décor, LLC

3154 N Canterbury Lake Dr
Hernando FL 34442


Ironwood Coatings

PO Box 841
Floral City FL 34436

LePage Carpet and Tile

44 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Lecanto FL 34461


Smart Flooring Solutions of Citrus County LLC

6083 N Carl G Rose Hwy
Hernando FL 34442


Surfaces Flooring, Inc

8698 W Dixieland St
Homosassa FL 34446

Garage Doors

Florida Garage Door Pros

20093 Quail Run Dr
Dunnellon FL 34432

Glass – Windows - Sales/Service

Blackshears ll Aluminum Inc

8111 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River FL 34429


Crystal River Windows

2871 N Rivers Edge Blvd
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 220-5015


Midstate Glass of Citrus County, Inc

2319 Hwy 44 W
Inverness FL 34453

Renewal by Andersen

5110 E Adamo Dr
Tampa, FL 33619
(248) 762-2827


Tropical Windows, Inc

1731 S Suncoast Blvd
Homosassa, Fl 34448

Weber Glass

812 South Line Rd
Lecanto FL 34461


White Aluminum & Windows LLC

2101 US Hwy 441
Leesburg, Fl 34748


Ace Handyman Services, Citrus County

2189 N Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto FL 34461

Handy Hicks

7210 W Homosassa Trail
Homosassa FL 34448

Mud Brothers Citrus LLC

825 N Hollywood Cir
Crystal River FL 34428443

Ryman Construction of Florida, Inc.

36413 FL-54
Zephyrhills, Fl 33541

Hardware Stores

Ace Hardware Co of Inverness

465 E Highland Blvd
Inverness FL 34452

Carter’s Ace Hardware of Beverly Hills

3621N Lecanto Hwy
Beverly Hills FL 34485

Carter’s Ace Hardware of Crystal River

999 NE 5th St
Crystal River FL 34429352-22

Kane’s Ace Hardware

3600 S Suncoast Blvd
Homosassa FL 34448

Home Improvement Store

Home Depot

70 N Suncoast Blvd
Crystal River FL 34429


2301 E Gulf to Lake Hwy
Inverness FL 34453

Heating & Air - Distributors, Equipment & Repair

Air FX

3400 E Gulf to Lake Hwy
Inverness FL 34453


Air Masters of Citrus County

9515 N Citrus Ave
Crystal River FL 34428


And, Services

1011 S Florida Ave
Inverness, FL 34450
(352) 458-4181


Angelic Air

4811 S Pleasant Grove Rd
Inverness FL 34452

Antarctic Air

461 W Gulf to Lake Hwy Ste A
Lecanto FL34461


Bay Area Air Conditioning

8021 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River FL 34429-7932


Byers Discount Air Conditioning Inc.

PO Box 810
Lecanto FL 34460

Comfort Control Specialists

5121 Caribbean Dr
Spring Hill, FL 34606
(855) 234-2665


Florida Air Pro’s Heating & Cooling LLC

2659 E Gulf to Lake Hwy
Inverness FL 34453


Kerri Kool HVAC, Mechanical & Refrigeration

230 S Suncoast Blvd
Crystal River, Fl 34429

Leeper Air Conditioning

958 S Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto FL 34461


Senica Air Conditioning

1803 SE US Hwy 19
Crystal River FL 34429


Worthington A/C & Heating LLC

7698 W Chelsea Ct
Homosassa, Fl 34446

Insurance – Auto/Commercial/Home/Recreation

Angelina Godfrey Ins Agency LLC - Farmers Insurance

916 N Suncoast Blvd
Crystal River, FL 34429 5472


Central Ridge Insurers

5018 N Lecanto Hwy
Beverly Hills, Fl 34465

Lassiter Ware

20 W Norvell Bryant Hwy
Hernando, FL 34442


Nature Coast Insurance Agency

213 S Apopka Ave
Inverness, FL 34452

Phoenix PEO Specialists, LLC

PO Box 2243
Crystal River, Fl 34423


We Insure Citrus

2421 N Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto, Fl 34461

Lawn Care/Service/Pest

Altman’s Family Pest Control

PO Box 214
Lecanto FL 34460-0214


Connolly’s Sod & Lawn Care Services Inc

PO Box 335
Holder FL 34445

Local Boy Lawn & Pest Control

PO Box 640326
Beverly Hills FL 34464

Nature's Works

P O Box 632
Crystal River, FL 34423
(352) 564-0598

SRG Lawn Care Services

9685 W Tom Mason Dr
Crystal River FL 34428

Plumbing Services

And, Services

1011 S Florida Ave
Inverness, FL 34450
(352) 458-4181


American Plumbing Services of Florida

7135 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River FL 34429

Mike Scott Plumbing

668 Overdrive Cir
Hernando FL 34442


Ruiz Plumbing Ind.

18783 Titus Rd
Hudson, FL 34667
(352) 484-1143

Suncoast Plumbing

6970 W Grover Cleveland Blvd
Homosassa FL 34446


Winsupply of Crystal River

7559 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River FL 34429

Roofing Services

AAA Roofing

1000 NE 5th St
Crystal River FL 34429


All Exterior Aluminum

PO Box 1178
Lecanto FL 34460


Blackshears ll Aluminum Inc

8111 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River FL 34429

C & S Residential Roofing, Inc

1792 E Manko Dr.
Hernando FL 34442


Quality First Roofing. LLC

5291 W Deputy Dr
Beverly Hills FL 34465


Roof Maxx

21 Black Willow Ct S
Homosassa, Fl 34446

Roofing & Reconstruction Contractor of America

34072 WS Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor FL 34684


Washburn Roofing

6462 S Rainbow Pt
Homosassa, Fl 34446


White Aluminum & Windows LLC

2101 US Hwy 441
Leesburg, Fl 34748

Septic/Sewer Service & Installation

A-Able Septic Sewer Service, Inc

2190 N Crede Ave
Crystal River FL 34452

Bonded Septic Tank, Inc

PO Box 1509
Hernando FL 34442


Certified Foundations, Inc

11960 N Florida Ave
Dunnellon   FL 34434


And, Services

1011 S Florida Ave
Inverness, FL 34450
(352) 458-4181

Innovative Solar, Inc

3018 N US Hwy 301 Ste 400
Tampa FL 33619

Personal Power LLC

22N East Ave
Inverness, Fl 34453

Tree Service

Bert Weber Tree Service LLC

6605 E Morley St
Inverness   FL 34452


Griffins Tree Care LLC

PO Box 880
Lecanto FL 34460

Luxe Landscaping

320 S Lecanto Hwy #1327
Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 601-6515


Sunbird Properties Maintenance LLC

4210 Habitat Drive
Brooksville, FL 34604
352- 556-5991

Tree Care by Robert Miller

9281 Cobb Rd
Brooksville, FL 34601
(352) 592-1203


USA Tree Service LLC

8033 Cortez Blvd
Weeki Wachee FL 34607

Temporary Housing

Rent R RV

10985 N Ober Terr
Citrus Springs, FL, 34433

Well Pumps/Repair & Supply

Citrus Well Drilling

PO Box 369
Hernando FL 34441-0369

H2O Pump Repair and Conditioning

411 E Harvard St
Inverness FL 34452

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