Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

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Florida Statutes, Chapter 252 (Emergency Management) identifies emergency management powers and responsibilities for political subdivisions in the State of Florida. A key provision in the statute is that each county in Florida shall develop “an emergency management plan and program that are coordinated and consistent with the State comprehensive plan and program.” Furthermore, Presidential Homeland Security Directives 5 and 8, enacted in 2004, requires that states and local governments adopt the fundamental principles, language and operational concepts embedded in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework as a condition for receiving certain categories of federal support.

The Escambia County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is the product of a detailed and focused planning process that: 1) fully incorporates the NIMS concepts, principles, practices and language; 2) capitalizes on the lessons learned from tropical weather incidents, exercises, and other recent disasters; and 3) incorporates plans, programs and policies that have emerged since the last revision of the CEMP. As such, the CEMP describes the basic strategies, assumptions, operational goals, objectives, and mechanisms through which the County will mobilize resources and conduct activities to guide and support emergency management efforts through preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

In an effort to ensure that the CEMP is strictly aligned with the State and national preparedness guidance, the State Division of Emergency Management and National Department of Homeland Security publications listed below were consulted and closely followed:

  • The National Preparedness Guidelines (September 2007)
  • FEMA NIMCAST User's Guide
  • National Incident Management System
  • Targeted Capabilities List ( September 2007)
  • Universal Task List (February 2007) 
  • State of Florida Local Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Compliance Criteria

Entire CEMP

Basic CEMP

Emergency Support Functions (ESF)

Appendix A-V