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:
- United States. Department of Homeland Security. (2008), National Incident Management System (NIMS). Washington D.C. Government Printing Office.
- United States. Department of Homeland Security. (May 2013), National Prevention Framework.Washington D.C. Government Printing Office.
- United States. Department of Homeland Security. (July 2014), National Protection Framework.Washington D.C. Government Printing Office.
- United States. Department of Homeland Security. (May 2013), National Mitigation Framework.Washington D.C. Government Printing Office.
- United States. Department of Homeland Security. (January 2008), National Response Framework. Washington D.C. Government Printing Office.
- United States. Department of Homeland Security. (September 2011), National Disaster Recovery Framework.Washington D.C. Government Printing Office
- United States. Department of Homeland Security. (November 2011), National Preparedness System. Washington D.C. Government Printing Office.
- State of Florida. Division of Emergency Management. (updated 2012), Local Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Compliance Crosswalk.
- State of Florida. Division of Emergency Management. (2012), State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Emergency Support Functions (ESF)
- ESF 1 – Transportation
- ESF 2 – Communications
- ESF 3 – Public Works and Engineering
- ESF 4 – Fire Fighting
- ESF 5 – Information and Planning
- ESF 6 – Mass Care
- ESF 7 – Resource Support
- ESF 8 – Health and Medical
- ESF 9 – Search and Rescue
- ESF 10 – Hazardous Materials
- ESF 11 – Food and Water
- ESF 12 – Energy
- ESF 13 – Military Support
- ESF 14 – Public Information
- ESF 15 – Volunteers and Donations
- ESF 16 – Law Enforcement
- ESF 17 – Animal Protection
- ESF 18 – Business and Industry
- Appendix A – Chapter 37 Emergency Management
- Appendix B – Emergency Operations Activation Levels
- Appendix C – State/Federal HELO Landing Areas
- Appendix D – EOC Disaster Committee Matrix
- Appendix E – BOCC Organizational Chart
- Appendix F – EOC Organizational Chart
- Appendix G – Flood Warning Response Program
- Appendix H – Chapter 50 Fire Prevention and Protection
- Appendix I – NIMS Adoption
- Appendix J – Terrorism Incident Response Annex
- Appendix K – Re-entry
- Appendix L – BCC Chain of Succession
- Appendix M – Evacuation Zones and Routes