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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 EPZ (Emergency Planning Zone) 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 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 800-95504.
You may aslo 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).
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Seniors 60 years and older are able to ride MCT free of charge.