Local jurisdictions have the authority to declare, by resolution, a local state of emergency pursuant to Section 252.38(3)(a)5., Florida Statutes. A local state of emergency directive can be initiated by a county at any time, but in most cases, it should be declared prior to requesting response or recovery assistance from the state. Declaring a local state of emergency informs state decision makers that an emergency situation exists beyond the response or recovery capabilities of the local jurisdiction.
The enactment of such a directive will enable counties to:
Request state assistance, if needed
Invoke emergency related mutual-aid assistance
Waive the procedures and formalities otherwise required of the political subdivision by law, to respond to the emergency
To obtain copies of any Monroe County local state of emergencies for any events previous to 2012, contact the Monroe County Emergency Management Department at 305-289-6018. View directives for 2012 and later.