Emergency Orders & Declarations

Local State of Emergency Directives

Local jurisdictions have the authority to declare, by resolution, a local state of emergency pursuant to Section 252.38(3)(a)5., Florida Statutes

A local state of emergency directive can be initiated by a county at any time, but in most cases, it should be declared prior to requesting response or recovery assistance from the state. Declaring a local state of emergency informs state decision-makers that an emergency situation exists beyond the response or recovery capabilities of the local jurisdiction.

The enactment of such a directive will enable counties to: 

  • Request state assistance, if needed
  • Invoke emergency-related mutual-aid assistance
  • Waive the procedures and formalities otherwise required of the political subdivision by law, to respond to the emergency 

COVID-19 Emergency Directives

Tropical Storm Elsa, July 2021

Past Emergency Directives

To obtain copies of any Monroe County local state of emergencies for other events, contact the Monroe County Emergency Management Department at 305-289-6018.