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The U.S. Census is a once in a decade count outlined in the Constitution designed to count everyone once.
It is utilized to make sure we have accurate representation in congress. Right now, there $675 billion in federal funds distributed based on the demographics represented in the census.
In addition, the numbers help us make business and policy decisions, fund how we build schools and hospitals, and make sure the right emergency management in place so everyone is safe in an emergency.
Absolutely. Your information is protected by federal law and sealed for 72 years.
The census counts everyone once and only once based on where you are living on April 1, 2020.
This decade is the first time the census will utilize the internet. People can respond and participate online, but can also mail or telephone their information, like done in the past.
We want to make sure everyone does this correctly.
If you are a snowbird or if you have two homes and live one part in one area and part of the year in another area, it is where you are 50 percent, plus one-night of the time.
If you are a student, it is where you live the majority of the time or where you live on April 1, 2020.
Everyone in your household counts. If you do have roommates, you will want to have a conversation with them so that when the census postcard is mailed to you, your household can decide to complete it as a household, or you can each decide to file separately. Please do whatever is easiest for your situation.
The Census takes place on April 1, 2020. There is a window of opportunity to respond from mid-March through mid-April 2020.
This is where the door-to-door census taker will stop by your house and ask you to fill out the census. They can also help you fill it out if you need help.
Also, please keep in mind that Census Takers, who are federal employees, may stop by to ask you some questions to verify they have a complete list of addresses for the actual census.
REMEMBER: Census workers will never ask you about your social security number or bank account information!
The federal Census Bureau utilizes local residents to assist with the Census. You can apply to be a federal Census Bureau employee to assist locally with the 2020 Census at www.2020census.gov.
Anyone who is a trusted voice in the community can help us spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census.
Perhaps you are an organizer of a group or have contact with a special population, like a faith-based group, a book club, community association, or a children's group, you can be a local census ambassador. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please become a part of the effort to ensure “The Keys Count."
Monroe County, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the municipalities have partnered to continue to operate the 24-hour southbound traffic checkpoints at mile marker 112.5 on the 18-Mile Stretch (U.S. 1), and on Card Sound Road (905) to reinforce Monroe County’s closure to visitors and non-residents until June 1, 2020.
Long delays are possible at checkpoints. Do not call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1.
Residency in Monroe County may be satisfactorily established by providing at least one of the following at the checkpoint:
Non-residents can demonstrate that they have legitimate business in the Florida Keys portion of Monroe County by providing at least one of the following at the checkpoint:
Documentation of eligibility for entry shall be in the form of an original document or a hardcopy paper photocopy of the original. Digital images and photographs of documentation SHALL NOT BE sufficient documentation to establish eligibility for entrance.
Unincorporated Monroe CountyUnless directed by the state or CDC, the County will continue to keep its other county-owned parks and beaches open. County officials see it as a space where residents can practice social distancing that is productive for mental and physical health. Law enforcement is doing regular patrolling of all areas.
Reynolds Street Pier at Higgs Beach will continue to close at 4 p.m. nightly.
Practice social distancing by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people and maintaining a separation of at least 6 feet from others. Monroe County officials stress that if federal and state directives are not followed, other closures can happen.
County-owned playgrounds are being sanitized daily until further notice.
The Founders Park beach and many other Founders Park amenities are open to Islamorada residents and non-residents with Park Memberships or Pool Memberships from sunrise to sunset for individual and family passive and limited activities use only – as permitted by and following current CDC and State Health Department guidelines.
OPEN for limited use are the beach, dog park, trails, tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball court, golf driving range, three restrooms. The Founders Park Office will open for limited business activities and the pool will reopen for fitness activities only on Monday, May 18. New memberships and membership renewals are available beginning Monday, May 18 at the park office. The following remain CLOSED: fitness park, playgrounds and picnic areas.
No groups of more than ten (10) are allowed and a maximum of twenty-five(25) users will be allowed on the Beach at any time.
All other Village parks and beaches including Anne’s Beach and Library Park Beach, the area known as the Fills from MM 77.5 to 79.8 and restroom facilities at closed parks and beaches remain closed until further notice.
The Founders Park/Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina boat ramp is open to Islamorada Residents ONLY beginning Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8 a.m. No fuel or ice sales. Only local Driver’s License Founders Park Resident Membership Card may be used as proof of residency
Marathon will be reopening City Park, Ocean Front Park and both Sombrero and Coco plum Beaches on May 4. However, due to safety concerns and an inability to mitigate them at this time, the following restrictions apply:
•Playgrounds, Basketball Courts, Skate Park and Public Restrooms will remain closed.•Fields will be open for exercise, but no organized games will be authorized.•Pavilions and Barbeque Grills at the beach will be inaccessible until further notice.•Dog Parks, Tennis Courts and the Baseball Field will be open for individuals practicing safe social distancing.•Groups of more than 10 are not allowed.•Hours of operations will be from dawn to dusk.•Minors must always be accompanied by an adult.
Key Colony Golf course is open.
The City began reopening non-essential businesses on Monday May 4th per the following Directive. The City reopened public recreational facilities, parks and beaches with strict guidelines, including the golf course. Please read the order for specifics. Updated information on restrictions, closures and openings for the City of Key West can be found on their website here .
Some Florida Keys state parks are accessible. Visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities. https://www.floridastateparks.org/learn/safety-updates
The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is open for day use, 8 a.m. to sunset. Trash cans are available. Visitors are expected to maintain safe social distances of at least 6 feet apart and limit group size to 10 people.
Filing for Unemployment
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is in charge of Unemployment. While the system is crashing, the most recent posts from DEO recommends the following: Any Floridian whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 to visit FloridaJobs.org and click on Reemployment Assistance Service Center to learn more about the program and watch a short video on how to apply.
DEO Mobile Friendly Site
DEO Paper Application
DEO COVID-19 Unemployment Assistance Site
In an effort to help, Monroe County has placed paper applications outside these locations: the Gato Building and Harvey Government Center in Key West, Bernstein Park on Stock Island, Big Pine Park and Michelle Coldiron’s office on Ship’s Way on Big Pine Key, at the Marathon Government Center, and all county libraries. Increased Unemployment Compensation/Insurance
IMPORTANT: Between now and July 31, 2020, an additional $600 per week will be added to every unemployment compensation check. In the State of Florida, unemployed workers can receive up to $275/wk. With the enhanced unemployment benefit, laid-off workers can receive up to $875/wk., and no one will receive less than $600 per week.
The benefit will be paid out for each week for four months (from now until July 31, 2020.)
The benefit assists workers who have been laid off or furloughed by their employer, and The CARES Act expands benefits to those that are not traditionally covered, including the self-employed, gig-workers, independent contractors, part-time workers, and workers with irregular work history. This expanded eligibility exists until December 31, 2020.
This “enhanced unemployment benefit” is federally funded but will be distributed through the State’s existing unemployment insurance system. In Florida, the State’s Department of Economic Opportunity administers the unemployment insurance program. So, be sure to file for unemployment assistance with the State as soon as possible.
The State of Florida’s unemployment insurance program is administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), and is called the “Reemployment Program.”
To file an unemployment claim online: click here. The system to apply online is called “CONNECT” and the system is widely reported to be poorly functioning.
As an alternative, DEO is also accepting a hard-copy, paper application, that can be filled out and mailed in. To download the form click here. (The applications are available in English, Spanish and Creole.) Fill it out and mail to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, Florida, 32314-5350
To file a claim by phone: 800-204-2418.
Important information about new unemployment program expansions:
The CARES ACT provides an additional $600 per week on top of the State’s regular UI payment BUT the State has NOT YET announced how it will distribute these funds to UI recipients.
The CARES ACT explicitly expands State UI to those not traditionally eligible – the self-employed (freelancers, 1099s, independent contractors, “gig” workers) and part-time workers. BUT the State of Florida has NOT YET accepted/incorporated this eligibility expansion into its program.
This is an evolving situation and we will report new developments as they
In addition, UWCK is facilitating information and assistance for residents who are trying to enroll in state and federal programs. The current needs far exceed the response capacity of our local programs, so qualifying residents are encouraged to seek state and federal assistance ensuring our local resources will go further. For Keys residents needing the Florida Reemployment program, UWCK has compiled “Links and Tips for Unemployment Assistance”, found at KeysUnitedWay.org/COVID-19ApplicationAssistance. Social service agencies may also refer clients who need help completing the paper version of the Florida Reemployment application by emailing ApplicationAssistance@KeysUnitedWay.org.
Salvation Army Helpline 844-458-HELP (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Monroe WIC Offering Assistance to Families in Monroe County
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County’s WIC (Special Supplemental Food Program for Women Infants and Children) offers food/nutrition/breastfeeding assistance to low-income pregnant women or families with infants or children under the age of 5 years who reside in Monroe County. Those individuals/families who meet these criteria and are experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to sign up for WIC to help with food costs. Families that meet these criteria and are currently receiving unemployment or Medicaid benefits automatically qualify financially for WIC benefits. Others will need to provide proof of income and/or explain income loss to qualify.
For more information or to apply: Key West area—call 305-676-3852 and Upper Keys call 305-676-3933. (During the COVID-19 Pandemic, all applications will be done by phone and necessary documents can be faxed or emailed, please do not come to the WIC office).
"Grab & go" lunches at the Frederick Douglass Gym in Key West and at Bernstein Park on Stock Island until schools re-open. Food Pantries including the SOS Foundation and the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition. Food pantries will remain open and many will begin distributing pre-assembled bags of food via a drive-through or walk-up model. Food inventories remain of concern assuming the need for food will spike in the coming days and weeks.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) will waive work requirements for individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.DCF and the Department of Economic Opportunity have partnered to apply good cause statewide for TANF and SNAP recipients normally subject to participate in mandatory work requirements as a condition to receive program benefits effective immediately. The temporary relief of mandatory work requirements will alleviate any undue burden during this public health emergency on individuals normally required to participate in these programs with no disruptions to the receipt of cash and/or food assistance benefits.To check the status of your benefits, report changes, receive information faster by opting-in to receive electronic notifications, and upload documents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, log into your MyACCESS account at https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/. If you have questions about your benefits and the temporary relief of work requirements during this time, please contact the Department of Children and Families customer center at 850-300-4DCF or visit the website at https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/.If you have trouble understanding English or need help communicating with the Department of Children and Families, Economic Self-Sufficiency Program, please call 850-300-4323.If you are an individual with a disability and need help with the application process or other ACCESS services, please find the region point of contact listed at the following website: https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/individual-with-disability/auxiliary-aids-plan.shtml.For a link to the Department of Health’s press release, visit: http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2020/03/032020-2058-covid19.pr.html
The Emergency Directive 20-02 (Tourist Ban) Enforcement Protocol was collaboratively developed by Monroe County and the five municipalities with input from the Tax Collector, the Sheriff, and the State Attorney. Law enforcement officers are not prevented from taking steps to enforce Emergency Directive 20-02 if, in the officer’s discretion, immediate action is warranted.
Complaints: call 1-855-422-4540, the Tax Collector’s hotline.
Tax Collectors will reach out to account holders and warn against renting during this State of Emergency and will warn those without accounts of consequences of renting without an account.
Tax Collector staff will refer complaints, as they come in, to the Code Compliance department within the jurisdiction for the property’s location.
The local Code Compliance Department will reach out to complainants to investigate. Code will advise owners, managers, and/or renters of the ban and consequences of non-compliance.
If Code Compliance does not obtain voluntary compliance, Code will refer the case to the primary law enforcement agency for their jurisdiction. The State Attorney’s Office investigative division will also help with law enforcement responses.
Law enforcement will take code’s investigative information and initiate contact with violator(s) (owner, manager, and/or renter). If probable cause to believe there is a violation of Emergency Directive 20-02, law enforcement officers will issue a notice to appear (NTA) for violating an emergency directive issued during a state of emergency in violation of F.S. 252.50, a misdemeanor.
SAO will prosecute violations in County Court.
Hospitals, private care physicians, and urgent care centers have policies and procedures in place for this type of event. The local hospitals have prepared for an influx of patients if needed. If a doctor suspects a case of COVID-19, they know to immediately notify their infection control program and the health department. Please do not show up to the Health Department locations in Monroe County.
You must first see your medical health professional where he or she will determine if you meet the criteria to be tested. The health department will then be contacted by the health professional if the patient meets the criteria for testing at the state lab.
Upper Keys: Mariner’s Hospital
Phone: (305) 434-3000
Middle Keys: Fishermen’s Hospital
Phone: (305) 743-5533
For Mariner’s and Fishermen’s Hospital: It is advised that you stay home and see a doctor remotely. If you are experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and could be exposed to Covid-19, use Baptist Health Care On Demand app to see the doctor. The app “Baptist Health Care on Demand” is available for download on the app store and Google play. Use the code CARE19 and wait for the doctor to talk to the doctor.
Lower Keys Medical Center
Phone: (305) 294-5531
Lower Keys Medical Center: Recommends staying at home. See your physician who can advise your next step. If your doctor tells you to go to the emergency department, please call ahead. If you are having trouble breathing or another medical emergency, go to the nearest emergency room.
All emergency rooms are open 24/7.
Monroe County’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force has been working together over the last few weeks to review the testing capabilities, prioritize resources, and determine the testing needs of the county. The task force consists of members from Monroe County’s hospitals, private practices, nonprofit health care organizations, and government sectors. The task force reports multiple increased testing opportunities and capabilities and an improved capacity for those needing a test. These enhanced efforts will help better track the spread and prevalence of COVID-19 in Monroe County, and identify potential outbreaks in advance and effectively respond. Recent actions the testing task force has taken to respond to COVID-19
• CHI (Community Health of South FL) Marathon Health Center is conducting free viral and antibody testing. Viral testing is offered every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm by appointment. CHI conducted two events—drive through testing event in Marathon on March 28 and walk-up testing event in Key West, Bahama Village on May 11. More information forthcoming on future testing days. Call (305) 216-2107 or email KeysCovid19@chisouthfl.org.
• Rural Health Network offers free viral and antibody testing in Key West by appointment. RHN conducted a screening and testing event in Key West, Bahama Village on May 7. More testing events are planned. Call (305) 517-6613.
• Good Health Clinic provides free rapid response serology antibody tests to patients. Through a partnership with Dr. Stan Zuba, testing is also conducted in the Upper Keys.
• Commercial labs, such as Quest and LabCorp, can conduct viral and antibody (rapid) tests. LabCorp currently conducts testing at Walgreens in Key West with a prescription.
• Advanced Urgent Care can conduct both viral and antibody tests and can test those with minimal to no symptoms. They have locations in Key West, Marathon, and Key Largo. They have conducted over 400 COVID-19 tests in Monroe County since May 13. Patients can pre-register for testing and download the Antibody Screening form at www.urgentcarefloridakeys.com, or call (305) 294-0011.
• Dr. John W Norris III MD PA provides oral and nasal virus screening, as well as blood antibody testing. Call (305) 296-1022.
• Keys AHEC conducts viral and antibody testing for current patients and extended family members at all its sites. • Islamorada, Village of Islands has committed $50,000 to pay for COVID-19 testing for uninsured Islamorada residents, including those over the age of 65, at risk, and any resident who wishes to be tested regardless of symptoms. More information is forthcoming.
• Lower Keys Medical Center provides rapid COVID-19 testing for patients in the community whose healthcare providers determine that they meet the criteria. Pre-operative COVID-19 testing is also performed four days prior to a surgical patient’s scheduled procedure.
• Baptist Health South Florida – Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital emergency rooms offer COVID-19 testing to patients exhibiting severe symptoms or require hospitalization. Community members can also use the Baptist Health Care On Demand telehealth app for a virtual consultation to assess symptoms and determine next steps.
April 6 Update: DEO now has a website for employers to access these programs on one page.
Please stay tuned for more updates to this information. A printable version of this information can be found here.
Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Forgivable Loan Program
(“CARES” Act program)
(Benefits expanded by “CARES” Act.)
(Benefits expanded by “CARES” Act)
(Benefits Expanded by “CARES” Act)
SBA Small Business Automatic Deferment Payments for Existing SBA Disaster Loans
The SBA will automatically defer payments on current disaster loans through December 31, 2020. According to the announcement, borrowers do not have to contact the SBA to request a deferment.
(Benefit from the “Families First Coronavirus Response” Act)
The SBA is hosting ongoing webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery, and how to access assistance programs. The webinars are free to attend and are limited to 250 registered attendees. For information, click here.
Florida Dept. of Health COVID-19 Toolkit
The Florida Department of Health has the following resource toolkit, where you can download and print flyers for your business or agency. Visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump Flyers are available in Spanish and Creole.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
This act expands FMLA and provides paid leave to employees under certain circumstances.
Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for paid sick time if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a need for leave because of the employee:
ALL PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS ARE CLOSED TO VISITORS DUE TO THE FLORIDA KEYS BEING CLOSED TO VISITORS.
If people don’t follow instructions regarding social distancing, Monroe County and local municipalities could take further action limiting water access.
Islamorada: Indian Key Fill ramp is closed.
The Founders Park/Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina boat ramp is open to Islamorada Residents ONLY beginning Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8 a.m. No fuel or ice sales. Only local Driver’s License Founders Park Resident Membership Card may be used as proof of residency.
FDEP-owned boat ramp at Little Duck Key (west end of 7 Mile Bridge, bayside) is open for drop-in and pull-outs only. There is no parking available.
Boating and Sandbars
Gatherings of more than 10 are not allowed on the water. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and FWC are patrolling popular sandbars and social areas, as well as working to keep mainland boaters out of Keys waters. Patrols will increase on high traffic days like Saturday and Sunday.
Commercial fishing is allowed.
Per Monroe County Emergency Manager - Fishing Charters Are AllowedFishing BridgesEffective Monday, May 4, all fishing bridges are open. Trash cans are available. Visitors are expected to maintain safe social distances of at least 6 feet apart and limit group size to 10 people.
On Monday, May 4th at 12:01 a.m. the Governors Executive Order 20-112 . Monroe County Emergency Management has issued the 1st Amended Emergency Directive 20-08, which implements the Governors Order, and takes effect at 12:01 Monday, May 11th.
The Governor’s List of Essential Services
Monroe County cannot provide any further guidance on whether or not a particular business is included. If a business has concerns regarding whether they should be open/closed after reading through the list please have them consult their legal counsel or talk with their appropriate association for the business entity.
Governor DeSantis ordered in EO 20-91 that movements outside the home be limited to only those necessary to:
(1) obtain or provide essential services or
(2) conduct essential activities.
Essential Services are defined in the Governor’s Order as those:
Defined by Homeland Security (Federal) as follows:
Healthcare / Public Health
1. Workers who perform critical clinical research, development, and testing needed for COVID-19 response.
2. Healthcare providers and Caregivers including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social workers, optometrists, speech pathologists, chiropractors, and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists.
3. Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.).
4. Workers in other medical and biomedical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Nursing Care Facilities, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers, and retail facilities specializing in medical good and supplies).
5. Manufacturer workers for health manufacturing (including biotechnology companies), materials and parts suppliers, logistics and warehouse operators, distributors of medical equipment (including those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs), dietary supplements, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.
6. Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information.
7. Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities.
8. Workers who manage health plans, billing, and health information, who cannot practically work remotely.
9. Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information, who cannot practically work remotely.
10. Workers performing information technology and cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely.
11. Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely.
12. Pharmacy employees necessary to maintain uninterrupted prescription filling.
13. Workers performing mortuary funeral, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, cemetery workers, and coffin makers.
14. Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.
Public, private, and voluntary personnel (front line and management) in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, and private security, to include public and private hazardous material responders, air medical service providers (pilots and supporting technicians), corrections, and search and rescue personnel.
911 call center employees and Public Safety Answering Points who can’t perform their duties remotely.
Fusion Center employees.
1. Workers – including contracted vendors -- who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement emergency service and response operations (to include electronic security and life safety security personnel).
2. Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responder.
3. Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
4. Public agency workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders, and dependent adults.
5. Workers who support weather disaster / natural hazard mitigation and prevention activities.
6. Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures.
1. Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail (including unattended and vending) that sells human food, animal/pet food and pet supply, and beverage products, including retail customer support service and information technology support staff necessary for online orders, pickup and delivery.
2. Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations, including dark kitchen and food prep centers, and carry- out and delivery food employees.
3. Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food ingredient production and processing facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging.
4. Farmers, farm workers, and agribusiness support services to include those employed in auction and sales: grain and oilseed handling, processing and distribution; animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically and for export.
5. Farmers, farm workers, support service workers, and their supplier employees to include those engaged in producing and harvesting field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs.
6. Employees and firms supporting the distribution of food, feed, and beverage and ingredients used in these products, including warehouse workers, vendor- managed inventory controllers and block chain managers.
7. Workers supporting the sanitation and pest control of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail.
8. Employees in cafeterias used to feed employees, particularly employee populations sheltered against COVID-19.
9. Workers in animal diagnostic and food testing laboratories in private industries and in institutions of higher education.
10. Government, private, and non-governmental organizations’ workers essential for food assistance programs (including school lunch programs) and government payments.
11. Employees of companies engaged in the production, storage, transport, and distribution of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including seeds, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids.
12. Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health (including those involved in supporting emergency veterinary or livestock services); raising of animals for food; animal production operations; livestock markets; slaughter and packing plants, manufacturers, renderers, and associated regulatory and government workforce.
13. Transportation supporting animal agricultural industries, including movement of animal medical and reproductive supplies and materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, live animals, animal by-products, and deceased animals for disposal.
14. Workers who support sawmills and the manufacture and distribution of fiber and forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood and fiber products.
15. Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for agricultural production and distribution.
1. Workers supporting the energy sector, regardless of the energy source (including but not limited to nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, or renewable), segment of the system, or infrastructure the worker is involved in, or who are needed to monitor, operate, engineer, and maintain the reliability, safety, environmental health, and physical and cyber security of the energy system.
2. Energy/commodity trading/scheduling/marketing functions, who can’t perform their duties remotely.
3. IT and OT technology for essential energy sector operations including support workers, customer service operations; energy management systems, control systems, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition SCADA systems, and energy sector entity data centers; cybersecurity engineers; and cybersecurity risk management.
4. Workers supporting the energy sector through renewable energy infrastructure (including, but not limited to wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen, ocean, geothermal, and/or hydroelectric), including those supporting construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, monitoring, and logistics.
5. Workers and security staff involved in nuclear re-fueling operations.
6. Providing services related to energy sector fuels (including, but not limited, petroleum (crude oil), natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, other liquid fuels, nuclear, and coal), supporting the mining, processing, manufacturing, construction, logistics, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, security, waste disposal and storage, and monitoring of support for resources.
7. Environmental remediation/monitoring, limited to immediate critical needs technicians.
8. Manufacturing and distribution of equipment, supplies, and parts necessary to maintain production, maintenance, restoration, and service at energy sector facilities (across all energy sector segments).
1. Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the development, transportation, fuel procurement, expansion, or operation of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centers, utility workers, engineers, retail electricity, constraint maintenance, and fleet maintenance technicians- who cannot perform their duties remotely.
2. Workers at coal mines, production facilities, and those involved in manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance and monitoring at coal sites which is critical to ensuring the reliability of the electrical system.
3. Workers who produce, process, ship and handle coal used for power generation and manufacturing.
4. Workers needed for safe and secure operations at nuclear generation to include but not limited to, the broader nuclear supply chain, parts to maintain nuclear equipment, fuel manufacturers and fuel components used in the manufacturing of fuel.
5. Workers at renewable energy infrastructure (including, but not limited to wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen, geothermal, and/or hydroelectric), including those supporting construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, monitoring, and logistics.
6. Workers at generation, transmission, and electric black start facilities.
7. Workers at Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authorities, and primary and backup Control Centers, including but not limited to independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and local distribution control centers.
8. Mutual assistance personnel which may include workers from outside of the state or local jurisdiction.
9. Vegetation management and traffic control for supporting those crews.
10. Environmental remediation/monitoring workers limited to immediate critical needs technicians.
11. Instrumentation, protection, and control technicians.
12. Essential support personnel for electricity operations.
13. Generator set support workers such as diesel engineers used in power generation including those providing fuel.
1. Workers for onshore and offshore petroleum drilling operations; platform and drilling construction and maintenance; transportation (including helicopter operations), maritime transportation, supply, and dredging operations; maritime navigation; well stimulation, intervention, monitoring, automation and control, extraction, production; processing; waste disposal, and maintenance, construction, and operations.
2. Workers for crude oil, petroleum and petroleum product storage and transportation, including pipeline, marine transport, terminals, rail transport, storage facilities and racks and road transport for use as end- use fuels such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and heating fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing.
3. Petroleum and petroleum product security operations center employees and workers who support maintenance and emergency response services.
4. Petroleum and petroleum product operations control rooms/centers and refinery facilities.
5. Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them.
6. Supporting new and existing construction projects, including, but not limited to, pipeline construction.
1. Workers who support onshore and offshore drilling operations, platform and drilling construction and maintenance; transportation (including helicopter operations); maritime transportation, supply, and dredging operations; maritime navigation; natural gas and natural gas liquid production, processing, extraction, storage and transportation; well intervention, monitoring, automation and control; waste disposal, and maintenance, construction, and operations.
2. Transmission and distribution pipeline workers, including compressor stations and any other required, operations maintenance, construction, and support for natural gas, natural gas liquid, propane, and other liquid fuels.
3. Natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuel processing plants, including construction, maintenance, and support operations.
4. Natural gas processing plants workers, and those that deal with natural gas liquids.
5. Workers who staff natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuel security operations centers, operations dispatch and control rooms/centers, and emergency response and customer emergencies (including leak calls)operations.
6. Drilling, production, processing, refining, and transporting natural gas for use as end-use fuels, feedstocks for chemical manufacturing, or use in electricity generation.
7. Dispatch and control rooms and emergency response and customer emergencies, including propane leak calls.
8. Propane gas service maintenance and restoration, including call centers.
9. Propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuel distribution centers.
10. Propane gas storage, transmission, and distribution centers.
11. Supporting new and existing construction projects, including, but not limited to, pipeline construction.
12. Ethanol and biofuel production, refining, and distribution.
13. Workers in fuel sectors (including, but not limited to nuclear, coal, and gas types and liquid fuels) supporting the mining, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, and monitoring of support for resources.
1. Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure, including:
2. Operational staff at water authorities.
3. Operational staff at community water systems.
4. Operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities.
5. Workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring, including field staff.
6. Operational staff for water distribution and testing.
7. Operational staff at wastewater collection facilities.
8. Operational staff and technical support for SCADA Control systems.
9. Chemical and equipment suppliers to water and wastewater systems and personnel protection.
10. Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations.
1. Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) employees, towing/recovery services, roadside assistance workers, intermodal transportation personnel, and workers who maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-jurisdiction travel).
2. Workers supporting the distribution of food, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs) and other medical materials, fuels, chemicals needed for water or water treatment and energy Maintenance and operation of essential highway infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels (e.g., traffic operations centers and moveable bridge operators).
3. Employees of firms providing services, supplies, and equipment that enable warehouse and operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use. Includes cold- and frozen-chain logistics for food and critical biologic products.
4. Mass transit workers and providing critical transit services and/or performing critical or routine maintenance to mass transit infrastructure or equipment.
5. Employees supporting personal and commercial transportation services – including taxis, delivery services, vehicle rental services, bicycle maintenance and car-sharing services, and transportation network providers.
6. Workers responsible for operating and dispatching passenger, commuter and freight trains and maintaining rail infrastructure and equipment.
7. Maritime transportation workers, including dredgers, port workers, mariners, ship crewmembers, ship pilots and tug boat operators, equipment operators (to include maintenance and repair, and maritime-specific medical providers), ship supply, chandler, and repair companies.
8. Workers including truck drivers, railroad employees and contractors, maintenance crew, and cleaners supporting transportation of chemicals, hazardous, medical, and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and services, including specialized carriers, crane and rigging industry workers.
9. Bus drivers and workers who provide or support intercity, commuter and charter bus service in support of other essential services or functions.
10. Automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing and distribution facilities (including those who repair and maintain electric vehicle charging stations).
11. Transportation safety inspectors, including hazardous material inspectors and accident investigator inspectors.
12. Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations.
13. Postal, parcel, courier, last-mile delivery, and shipping and related workers, to include private companies.
14. Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, bicycles, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers.
15. Air transportation employees, including air traffic controllers and maintenance personnel, ramp workers, aviation and aerospace safety, security, and operations personnel and accident investigations.
16. Workers who support the operation, distribution, maintenance, and sanitation, of air transportation for cargo and passengers, including flight crews, maintenance, airport operations, those responsible for cleaning and disinfection, and other on- and off- airport facilities workers.
17. Workers supporting transportation via inland waterways such as barge crew, dredging, river port workers for essential goods.
18. Workers critical to rental and leasing of vehicles and equipment that facilitate continuity of operations for essential workforces and other essential travel.
19. Warehouse operators, including vendors and support personnel critical for business continuity (including HVAC & electrical engineers; security personnel; and janitorial staff) and customer service for essential functions.
1. Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.
2. Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and buildings such as hospitals, senior living facilities, any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.
3. Workers who support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of and access to needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications.
4. Support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste, including landfill operations.
5. Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential dams, locks and levees.
6. Workers who support the inspection and maintenance of aids to navigation, and other government provided services that ensure continued maritime commerce.
Maintenance of communications infrastructure-
including privately owned and maintained communication systems- supported by technicians, operators, call -centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, Internet Exchange Points, Points of Presence, Network Access Points, back haul and front haul facilities, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment.
Government and private sector employees (including government contractors) with work related to undersea cable infrastructure and support facilities, including cable landing sites, beach manhole vaults and covers, submarine cable depots and submarine cable ship facilities.
Government and private sector employees (including government contractors) supporting Department of Defense internet and communications facilities.
Workers who support radio, television, and media service, including, but not limited to front-line news reporters, studio, and technicians for newsgathering, and reporting, and publishing news.
Network Operations staff, engineers and/or technicians to include IT managers and staff, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators that manage the network or operate facilities.
Engineers, technicians and associated personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables, buried conduit, small cells, other wireless facilities, and other communications sector-related infrastructure. This includes construction of new facilities and deployment of new technology as these are required to address congestion or customer usage due to unprecedented use of remote services.
Installation, maintenance and repair technicians that establish, support or repair service as needed.
Central office personnel to maintain and operate central office, data centers, and other network office facilities, critical support personnel assisting front line employees.
Customer service and support staff, including managed and professional services as well as remote providers of support to transitioning employees to set up and maintain home offices, who interface with customers to manage or support service environments and security issues, including payroll, billing, fraud, logistics, and troubleshooting.
Workers providing electronic security, fire, monitoring and life safety services, and to ensure physical security, cleanliness and safety of facilities and personnel, including temporary licensing waivers for security personnel to work in other States of Municipalities.
Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration.
Retail customer service personnel at critical service center locations for onboarding customers, distributing and repairing equipment and addressing customer issues in order to support individuals’ remote emergency communications needs, supply chain and logistics personnel to ensure goods and products are on-boarded to provision these front-line employees.
External Affairs personnel to assist in coordinating with local, state and federal officials to address communications needs supporting COVID-19 response, public safety, and national security.
1. Workers who support command centers, including, but not limited to Network Operations Command Centers, Broadcast Operations Control Centers and Security Operations Command Centers.
2. Data center operators, including system administrators, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers and purchasers, data transfer solutions engineers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators, for all industries (including financial services).
3. Workers who support client service centers, field engineers, and other technicians and workers supporting critical infrastructure, as well as manufacturers and supply chain vendors that provide hardware and software, support services, research and development, and information technology equipment (to include microelectronics and semiconductors), and HVAC and electrical equipment for critical infrastructure, and test labs and certification agencies that qualify such equipment(to include microelectronics, optoelectronics, and semiconductors) for critical infrastructure, including data centers.
4. Workers needed to preempt and respond to cyber incidents involving critical infrastructure, including medical facilities, SLTT governments and federal facilities, energy and utilities, and banks and financial institutions, securities/other exchanges, other entities that support the functioning of capital markets, public works, critical manufacturing, food & agricultural production, transportation, and other critical infrastructure categories and personnel, in addition to all cyber defense workers (who can’t perform their duties remotely).
5. Suppliers, designers, transporters and other workers supporting the manufacture, distribution and provision and construction of essential global, national and local infrastructure for computing services (including cloud computing services and telework capabilities), business infrastructure, financial transactions/services, web- based services, and critical manufacturing.
6. Workers supporting communications systems and information technology- and work from home solutions- used by law enforcement, public safety, medical, energy, public works, critical manufacturing, food & agricultural production, financial services, education, and other critical industries and businesses.
7. Employees required in person to support Software as a Service businesses that enable remote working, performance of business operations, distance learning, media services, and digital health offerings, or required for technical support crucial for business continuity and connectivity.
1. Workers to ensure continuity of building functions, including but not limited to security and environmental controls (e.g., HVAC), the manufacturing and distribution of the products required for these functions, and the permits and inspections for construction supporting essential infrastructure.
2. Elections personnel to include both public and private sector elections support.
3. Workers supporting the operations of the judicial system.
4. Federal, State, and Local, Tribal, and Territorial employees who support Mission Essential Functions and communications networks.
5. Trade Officials (FTA negotiators; international data flow administrators).
6. Employees necessary to maintain news and media operations across various media.
7. Employees supporting Census 2020.
8. Weather forecasters.
9. Clergy for essential support.
10. Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting other critical government operations.
11. Workers who support necessary credentialing, vetting and licensing operations for critical infrastructure workers.
12. Customs and immigration workers who are critical to facilitating trade in support of the national emergency response supply chain.
13. Educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions.
14. Staff at government offices who perform title search, notary, and recording services in support of mortgage and real estate services and transactions.
15. Residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services.
16. Workers supporting essential maintenance, manufacturing, design, operation, inspection, security, and construction for essential products, services, and supply chain and COVID 19 relief efforts.
1. Workers necessary for the manufacturing of metals (including steel and aluminum), industrial minerals, semiconductors, materials and products needed for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, information technology, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, wood products, commodities used as fuel for power generation facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, processing and reprocessing of solid waste, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains, and workers necessary to maintain a manufacturing operation in warm standby.
2. Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed to manufacture medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).
3. Workers necessary for mining and production of critical minerals, materials and associated essential supply chains, and workers engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for mining production and distribution.
4. Workers who produce or manufacture parts or equipment that supports continued operations for any essential services and increase in remote workforce (including computing and communication devices, semiconductors, and equipment such as security tools for Security Operations Centers (SOCs) or data centers).
1. Workers who manage hazardous materials associated with any other essential activity, including but not limited to healthcare waste (medical, pharmaceuticals, medical material production), testing operations (laboratories processing test kits), and energy (nuclear facilities) Workers at nuclear facilities, workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals and medical material production, and workers at laboratories processing tests Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup.
2. Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting hazardous materials management operations.
Workers who are needed to provide, process and maintain systems for processing, verification, and recording of financial transactions and services, including payment, clearing, and settlement; wholesale funding; insurance services; consumer and commercial lending; and capital markets activities).
Workers who are needed to maintain orderly market operations to ensure the continuity of financial transactions and services.
Workers who are needed to provide business, commercial, and consumer access to bank and non-bank financial services and lending services, including ATMs, lending and money transmission, and to move currency, checks, securities, and payments (e.g., armored cash carriers).
Workers who support financial operations and those staffing call centers, such as those staffing data and security operations centers, managing physical security, or providing accounting services.
Workers supporting production and distribution of debit and credit cards.
Workers providing electronic point of sale support personnel for essential businesses and workers.
1. Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, paintings and coatings, textiles, building materials, plumbing, electrical, and paper products.
2. Workers supporting the safe transportation of chemicals, including those supporting tank truck cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture packaging items.
3. Workers supporting the production of protective cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective equipment, disinfectants, fragrances, and packaging that prevents the contamination of food, water, medicine, among others essential.
4. Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities (particularly those with high risk chemicals and/ or sites that cannot be shut down) whose work cannot be done remotely and requires the presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe operations, including plant contract workers who provide inspections.
5. Workers who support the production and transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the contamination or supports the continued manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other essential products, including glass container manufacturing.
1. Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military. These individuals include, but are not limited to, space and aerospace; mechanical and software engineers (various disciplines), manufacturing/production workers; IT support; security staff; security personnel; intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers; and sanitary workers who maintain the hygienic viability of necessary facilities.
2. Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract or sub-contract to the Department of Defense, as well as personnel at government-owned/contractor- operated and government- owned/government-operated facilities, and who provide materials and services to the Department of Defense, including support for weapon systems, software systems and cybersecurity, defense and intelligence communications and surveillance, space systems and other activities in support of our military, intelligence and space forces.
Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application/installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint/coatings, and employees who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.
Workers supporting ecommerce through distribution, warehouse, call center facilities, and other essential operational support functions.
Workers in hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail, and related merchant wholesalers and distributors - with reduced staff to ensure continued operations.
Workers distributing, servicing, repairing, installing residential and commercial HVAC systems, boilers, furnaces and other heating, cooling, refrigeration, and ventilation equipment.
For more information please visit: https://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/1185/Essential-Servic
Until May 31st, all arriving passengers regardless of origination will be screened at Key West International and Marathon Florida Keys International airports.
Florida Department of Health in Monroe County and the airports have implemented state-directed screening, which includes a separate facility and isolation area. Passengers will fill out the Dept. of Health-required questionnaire and have their temperatures taken. The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County trained Monroe County Fire Rescue to provide the follow up for individuals listed in the executive order.
Key West International Airport continues to operate, pursuant to and consistent with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration. Airports are regulated by the FAA, and no airports in the United States have been restricted. Any restriction on aviation would be issued from the federal level. In addition to commercial planes, the airport also hosts general aviation, which is also regulated by the FAA.
There has been a significant decrease in commercial air travel due to COVID-19. Most flights from the areas in the directive are canceled or consolidated. On average, passenger counts this time of year range in the 70 to 124 passengers per flight. Due to the virus, it has been between two and 10 people, most of whom have been residents or property owners.
Monroe County Emergency Directive 20-04
Closed to all recreational visitors until further notice.
Emergency Management office is responsible for making plans that would help all the county residents, businesses, services and government offices be best prepared for a disaster. They also respond to disasters by staffing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when a hurricane or other disaster threatens.
Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management. It's the continuing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people and property. Mitigation is defined as "sustained action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects."
Through effective mitigation practices we can ensure that fewer people and communities become victims of natural disasters. Mitigation can take many forms. It can involve such actions as:
Yes. Since Monroe County is within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, the Emergency Management Department must have a radiological preparedness plan to ensure for residents safety should an incident at the power plant occur. In addition to the Plan, the Emergency Management exercises and trains on regular basis, all county emergency responders whom who be called upon to respond in case of radiological emergency. This is being conducted in close coordination with Miami-Dade Emergency Management, Florida Power & Light, State Emergency Management and Department of Health.
"StormReady" is a national voluntary program, administered through your local National Weather Service office, that gives communities the skills and education needed to cope with and manage potential weather-related disasters, before and during the event. The program encourages communities to take a new pro-active approach. This nationwide preparedness program uses a grassroots effort to help communities develop plans to improve local hazardous weather operations and public awareness for all types of local severe weather threats. In other words, StormReady is aimed at arming America's communities with the communication and safety skills necessary to save lives and property.
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:
If there is a real radiological emergency, our Radiological Emergency Preparation (REP) Emergency Operations Center would be activated, and the REP Hotline is 305-853-1919, or you can call the Monroe County Information Hotline number at 800-955-5504.
You may also call our main numbers 305-289-6018 and 305-289-6019.
All county shelters are also pet friendly shelters.
Yes. If you choose not to register with the special needs program, you may stay in a general public shelter.
A hurricane warning means that a hurricane is expected to strike your area in 24 hours or less.
A hurricane watch means that a hurricane may threaten your area.
A Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a local government plan in the United States, typically at county level, that is designed to reduce or eliminate risks to people and property from natural and man-made hazards. Mitigation strategies are supported by state government and federal programs, in line with the Disaster Mitigation Act.
Re-entry sticker may be obtained at Monroe County Sheriff Office Sub-stations, or Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices. You will need proof of residency must be provided (drivers license, utility bill, deed, etc.)
Call FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY) 800-462-7585 (for the hearing impaired).
Many Parks and Government Centers
Marathon Government Center
If you reside or receive services within unincorporated Monroe County or the City of Layton, you will be served by Monroe County Fire Rescue (MCFR) state-certified Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Firefighter / Paramedics. MCFR provides emergency fire response, advanced-level emergency medical services and ground and air-based emergency medical transport.
Monroe County Fire Rescue (MCFR) is funded by property taxes. There is no charge for calling and utilizing the 911 emergency service, however MCFR does charge a user fee if you are transported either by air or ground to a hospital.
Monroe County Fire Rescue (MCFR) is funded by property taxes. However if you are transported either by air or ground to a hospital, you and your insurance provider are charged a user fee to offset a portion of the costs to provide this service, which helps reduce the overall cost to residents.
These rates were approved by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners.
Rates are applied depending on the level of care required to treat and transport a patient to the hospital. Basic Life Support (BLS) is the lowest level of care administered; typically for a stable patient that does not require sophisticated paramedic level care. Advanced Life Support (ALS) involves a higher level of medical care. Depending on the patient's condition, this may require IV medications, cardiac monitoring, airway management, etc.
Monroe County Fire Rescue (MCFR) will accept a payment from an insurance company and then bill the balance to the patient. We are required to accept the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare rates. We follow all laws and statutes related to billing, and statutory adjustments are made to the accounts. The patient is then billed for the co-insurance, co-payments and/or patient responsibility per their individual policy.
We are not associated with any of the hospitals to which we transport patients. Our paramedics begin to gather information about our patients before they arrive at the hospital; sometimes, the hospital does not have patient information on file. Also, due to the nature of emergency calls, our paramedics may have to leave the hospital to respond to another emergency and not have the opportunity to receive patient information from hospital staff.
Our billing department sends three statements to the patient at the address of record requesting either insurance information or payment. If the patient does not respond within 90 days the account will be sent to the collection agency for further pursuit of payment. If we do not have a good address for the patient, and the billing department is not able to find a good address, the patient will be sent to collections after 90 days.
Monroe County does not have any local ordinances or statutes to provide for self-pay discounts. Our patients can email our Billing Department or call 305-289-6010 to utilize the option of a payment plan. It is important that payment arrangements are made within 90 days of receiving a bill. Delinquent accounts, which are those accounts with no activity for 90 days, are sent to a collections agency.
As a resident or property owner of Monroe County, you have the option of requesting Trauma Star for air ambulance transportation and you may qualify for a waiver of the out-of-pocket costs related to air-transport fees as per Resolution Number 152-2009 (PDF). Download the application form for the resident fee waiver (PDF) or call 305-289-6010. If you qualify for the resident fee waiver, Monroe County will continue to seek reimbursement from any private insurance companies, but any remaining unpaid fees would be waived and there would be no out of pocket expenses.
Monroe County Fire Rescue follows Medicare guidelines and Medicare requires that anyone transported to a hospital by an ambulance service, sign an authorization and responsibility form. Since we don’t always know who is a Medicare patient and who isn't, we ask all of our patients who are awake and alert to sign the form for our records.
At the time that our paramedics provided emergency care to your child, it’s possible that information about you, the parent or guardian, wasn't available or received. Simply call the in house billing department at 305-289-6010, and explain the situation and that you would like your name added to the account as the parent or guardian.
Our in house billing department sends three statements to the patient at the address of record requesting either insurance information or payment. If the parent or guardian does not respond within 90 days the account will be sent to the collection agency for further pursuit of payment. If we do not have a good address for the patient and we do not have the name of the parent or guardian the patient will be sent to collections after 90 days. If the collection agency is notified that the patient is a minor they will not send the patient's information to the credit bureau.
Contact the in house billing department at 305-289-6010 to let them know of your loss. You will be asked to send them a death certificate as proof of your loved one's passing. We will be happy to re-address the bill to the person in charge of wrapping up the affairs of the estate.
State law requires us to transport patients who call 911 to the closest appropriate hospital. Trauma Alert patients: All patients meeting Trauma Alert criteria are transported to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.
No, you are not forced to go the hospital because you called 911. It is often strongly recommended that you go to the hospital, but if you are awake, alert and oriented you have the right to choose whether or not you will be transported via ambulance. If you choose to refuse transport to the hospital, you will be asked to sign a Patient Refusal Form by the paramedics to document your decision to refuse medical care.
You can assist the paramedics that respond to your emergency by having a complete list of your medical problems, medications and allergies to medications readily available. Keep this information in your automobile as well; you never know where you will be when an emergency happens! If you have pets, it is a good idea to place them in a secure area or room so that they are not startled by the arrival of our paramedics.
In addition, if you or a loved one has a Florida Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO), please ensure that it is available upon the paramedics' arrival. You can present a copy of the DNRO, but a copy must be printed on yellow paper in order for it to be considered valid.
Upon arrival at the hospital, your care will be transferred over to the nursing staff at the hospital facility. Depending on the volume of patients at the hospital, it is possible that you may be sent to the waiting room if you are stable enough - even though you arrived by ambulance. Please remember that the hospitals treat patients utilizing a triage system. This means that the most severely sick or injured patients are seen first.
If you have a severe auto accident or suffer any severe trauma, Trauma Star will fly you from your location directly to a Trauma Center in approximately 45 minutes from anywhere in the Keys, including the Dry Tortugas. If you are having a heart attack or brain attack (stroke) and call 911, Trauma Star will fly you from your location directly to a comprehensive cardiac or stroke treatment center on the mainland.
In addition to the primary mission of providing critical trauma-related air-transports, Trauma Star also assists local hospitals by providing hospital-to-hospital transfers. If you are at an area hospital and require a critical care inter-facility hospital transport, you or your representative can request the services of Trauma Star through the hospital staff (provided you meet the State of Florida inter-facility transfer guidelines).
Monroe County Fire Rescue does not have a "Lost and Found." Patient belongings are left in the emergency department room with the patient at the time of transfer. Make sure that you only take items that are absolutely necessary with you to the hospital. Remember that the hospitals see large volumes of people each day and it is very easy for items to be lost or accidentally disposed of. Never take your valuables to the hospital with you.
You may contact Monroe County Fire Rescue's Office at 305-289-6004 for either complaints or compliments.
Medical reports generated by Monroe County Fire Rescue (MCFR) are protected by federal HIPAA privacy laws. If you require a copy of a Medical Transport Report, Incident Report or Billing Statement, please contact our records office at 305-289-6010. Please be ready to provide your name and the location and date of the incident. For a copy of your transportation report you must complete a Medical Records Request and Release Affidavit (PDF).
This can be done in person at Monroe County Fire Rescue Headquarters in Marathon, but must be accompanied by a Driver’s License or other identification. You can also download the form (PDF) and mail it or fax it to us with a notarized proof of identification to:
490 63rd Street OceanMarathon, Florida 33050Fax: 305-289-6013
A signed affidavit showing that you are the personal representative of the patient or a power of attorney is needed if you are not the patient.
No, the application period is currently closed. News of future openings will be announced in this space. For more information, please email Caitlin Bourassa, call 305-289-6004, or submit inquiries to: Monroe County Fire Rescue Headquarters Attention: Operations 490 63rd Street Ocean Marathon, FL 33050 Fax: 305-289-6336
Usually in late spring / early summer of each year.
Applications are usually accepted in spring / early summer and the testing process takes place over the summer. Interviews usually happen in August / September to create the eligibility list which will be in effect for 12 months. Candidates that are placed on the eligibility list will be considered for positions as and when they become vacant.
An eligible candidate must be Florida Fire Certified (Firefighter II); a Florida licensed paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and have Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) certification showing 16 hours of training. Please check the actual job posting for details of additional requirements.
Yes. There is a 4-step process to qualify applicants to be placed on the Monroe County Fire Rescue (MCFR) eligibility list.
Please email Caitlin Bourassa or call her at 305-289-6004 to discuss your employment application.
Contact the Fire Station you wish to volunteer at for information. You can also email the Volunteer Coordinator, Nina Stuart, or call her at 305-289-6010.
Monroe County Fire Rescue does not recharge fire extinguishers. There are several fire extinguisher companies in the county that provide this service. You can locate these companies by searching locally for "fire extinguisher service."
Records of every fire Monroe County Fire Rescue responds to are sent to our Fire Rescue Headquarters. Copies of the reports can be obtained by calling the Fire Marshal's Office at 305-289-6005, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or emailing email@example.com.
The Monroe County Fire Marshal office can provide information regarding the distance between your home and the nearest fire station and fire hydrant. Contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 305-289-6005, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) maintains fire hydrants and can be contacted at 305-743-5409.
If you would like to schedule a visit to the fire station you can contact Monroe County Fire Rescue Headquarters at 305-289-6005.
Fireworks permits must be obtained from the fire marshal at Monroe County Fire Rescue 30 days prior to the event. Permits from other agencies may also be required. Contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 305-289-6005 and complete the Fireworks Permit Application (PDF).
To obtain a burn permit or information on open burns, contact the Department of Forestry at 305-872-9010
These items can be disposed of free of charge at Monroe County’s three household hazardous waste collections centers during the following days and times:
For more information, call 305-295-4314.
Classes are generally only open to those affiliated with a fire station in Monroe County. Visit the Volunteer page for details on how to get involved as a volunteer.
You can email Charlie Mather, Battalion Chief of Training, or call 305-289-6004 for details of upcoming training. Emails will be distributed to notify people when new courses are scheduled.
A statement is sent out to every patient transported by Trauma Star along with an application for the Monroe County Resident Trauma Star Fee Waiver (PDF). This must be completed and returned to us to write off any out-of-pocket expenses for qualifying Monroe County residents.
A qualifying resident is either a property owner (or member of their immediate household) who is current in paying property taxes in Monroe County, including the Trauma Star tax, or a person (or member of their immediate household) who rents property subject to the Trauma Star tax. We also require a copy of your Florida drivers license showing your address in Monroe County, valid for the date of transportation.
Please send your Monroe County Resident Trauma Star Fee Waiver Application Form (PDF) and proof of your Monroe County residency in the form of copies of property taxes for property owners or, for renters, copies of your long-term lease and/or utility bills plus a copy of your Monroe County drivers license to the address on the bottom of the application form.
No, you only need to apply for the Trauma Star Fee Waiver after you have been transported by Trauma Star and have received a billing statement. An application form should be included with your statement or you can download the Trauma Star Fee Waiver Application (PDF).
There is a base rate of $12,000 for a Trauma Star transport, with an additional $100 per mile calculated from origin to destination. The average billed amount is about $20,000 to $23,000 per trip -- which is less than half of the amount usually charged by the previous private air transport company that operated in the Keys prior to 2017.
Volunteers have the opportunity to complete a variety of State certified courses free of charge including:
Each volunteer station also has an annual budget for training.
Yes, eligible volunteers receive monthly reimbursements and there is a Length Of Service Award Plan (LOSAP) that provides benefits to eligible volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services volunteers. Volunteers can also feel proud that they are serving their communities and making the Florida Keys a safer place to be.
Call for availability.
The following car rental agencies are available at the airport:
Typically 7 days including Holidays, weekends, and the day of posting.
The runway remains open until winds reach 40 knots; however, each airline may have their own policy regarding delaying or canceling flights. Contact them directly for information.
For items left in the terminal buildings or other areas of the airport, please contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s airport office at 305-292-4625. For items that were lost during TSA checkpoint screenings, call 866-289-9673.
Visit the Transportation Security Administration website for current information on restricted materials.
Only government agencies are invited to submit presentations for broadcast. They should be submitted in PowerPoint and can be emailed to MCTV. You can also copy your presentation to a thumb drive and send it to MCTV, Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave.Suite 211, Key West, FL 33040
No, but some state parks allow overnight camping in Monroe County.
To reserve a county meeting room, please call Facilities Maintenance at 305-292-4431.
To contact Mosquito Control, please call 305-292-7191.
The pros and cons depend on each individual project and the property owner's financial situation. There may be other types of financing available and the County does not guarantee the PACE program is the best financing option. You might want to discuss options with your financial adviser.
Here are a couple general advantages and disadvantages to consider when making your decision:
PACE is a special assessment, commonly referred to as a PACE assessment, for an improvement tied to the property. Should a transfer of property ownership occur, the PACE assessment obligation stays with the property, not the property owner. Therefore, if you sell the property the new homeowner could then take over the balance of the assessment; however, the seller's lender or the buyer's lender (Mortgage Company) may require pay off the remaining outstanding balance of the assessment before the property can be refinanced or sold. This is particularly true for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgages.
Important considerations include:
Currently, PACE financing has an average range of 6-8% interest rate with additional associated fees. Typically, the cost of the project is repaid over a period of 15 to 20 years as an annual payment on the property tax bill; however, other payment lengths are available. Interest rates and fees for the project are set by the PACE Provider at the time that Financing Document/Agreement are finalized with the property owner. More information can be found on the PACE Providers' websites.
PACE Qualifying Improvements shall mean those improvements to real property provided for in Section 163.08(2)(b), Florida Statutes, including, but not limited to, energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, and wind resistance improvements. To qualify, projects must be permanent improvements for example new roofs, air conditioning units, impact windows, and solar panels. For questions regarding specific qualifying improvements, contact the individual PACE Providers.
To ensure the greatest energy and insurance savings for your project, before you sign an agreement, make sure you understand what projects would have the greatest energy and insurance savings. That means you may want to call your property insurance company to ask about rebates for particular home improvement items. It could also mean completing a home energy survey or home energy audit. The Department of Energy is a resource to learn more about energy saving products and services.
When you are requesting project bids from contractors, ask them to provide energy savings estimates for the products/materials. Look for ENERGY STAR® labeled products/materials.
There is no short-term deadline in which to apply. The amount of funding available is significant. There are multiple PACE Providers and Approved Contractors from which to choose for a project. You should not feel rushed to enter into a financial agreement by any provider or contractor.
Be a diligent, smart consumer and take time to research the program and any financing options available to you. Seek more than one project quote requesting written estimates that include a detailed scope of work with itemized cost estimates (e.g. materials, labor, permits, taxes, fees).
There are potential individual limits for the amount of financing available to your property due to the consumer protections found in the County PACE ordinance. For residential properties, PACE Providers must ensure the following:
In general, condominiums are eligible. Due to the complexities associated with condominium ownership, assessment payments, rules of the condominium associations, and physical unit design, it is best to contact the PACE Providers directly to research eligibility and process. For properties subject to HOA restrictions, it is the responsibility of the Property Owner to obtain authorization that the requested Eligible Products meet all the HOA requirements, as applicable. For specific project eligibility, contact the individual PACE Providers.
PACE is designed to allow the repayment to stay with the property; however, accelerated repayment could be a condition of title transfer, at the discretion of the seller, buyer and lender. When a property owner sells or refinances their property, state statute authorizes the assessment to stay with the property; however, the seller's lender or the buyer's lender (Mortgage Company) may require the seller to pay off the remaining outstanding balance of the assessment before the property owner refinances or sells the property. Property owners should consult with their lenders at the time of refinance or sale of the property to determine whether the program assessment will need to be paid in full. In addition, by law, property owners must provide written notice of the assessment to the buyer prior to sale of the property.
The disclosure shall state "QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENTS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, RENEWABLE ENERGY, OR WIND RESISTANCE.— The property being purchased is located within the jurisdiction of a local government that has placed an assessment on the property pursuant to s. 163.08, Florida Statutes. The assessment is for a qualifying improvement to the property relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy, or wind resistance, and is not based on the value of property. You are encouraged to contact the county property appraiser's office to learn more about this and other assessments that may be provided by law."
Under Florida Law, a PACE assessment (treated like a lien) is recorded on the property to secure the financing and will have a higher priority than most other liens on or rights in your Property, including any mortgage. It is the responsibility of each taxpayer to know when taxes are due, and to pay them before they become delinquent. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve a taxpayer of the responsibility for payment, nor is it cause for cancellation of penalties and/or charges if the bill becomes delinquent. Taxes on real property (ad valorem and non-ad valorem) are collected on an annual basis. The Monroe County Property Appraiser (not Monroe County Board of County Commissioners) establishes the value of property and exemptions.
Yes, you are able to pay off the PACE assessment in full. In some cases a mortgage company may require full pay off prior to selling or refinancing the property. There may be a fee associated and/or minimum payment amounts with early payoff.
Please contact your PACE Provider directly to discuss early payoff of your assessment.
Seniors 60 years and older are able to ride MCT free of charge.