Many of the things that make the Sunshine State an attractive home and vacation destination also contribute to the potential hazards we face, both natural and man made (terrorism and technological hazards).
Within the Emergency Management community, Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response. This is the process of identifying the proper personnel, training, and equipment needed for a wide range of potential incidents, and developing jurisdiction-specific plans for delivering capabilities when needed for an incident.
Emergency Response can be defined as the activities that address the short-term, direct effects of an incident. This includes immediate actions to save lives, protect property, and meet basic human needs. Response also includes the execution of emergency operations plans and of mitigation activities designed to limit the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and other unfavorable outcomes.
The Florida Department of Transportation's Emergency Management Recovery Section implements plans for Florida's highways and bridges recovery after an event and coordinates reimbursement for expenditures made throughout an event. Recovery is a primary part of the Department's Emergency Response operations as it has created Debris Management Plans to speedily clear Florida's transportation system to allow Florida to begin normal operations once again. Recovery also coordinates financial reimbursement to the Department for funds expended during an event such as a hurricane so that Florida can continue to have superior transportation systems.
In support of FDOT's Mission, Vision and Values, The Emergency Management Section has adopted the 4-D approach to Domestic Security and Infrastructure activities:
- Deter attacks by the possibility of exposure, capture, or failure due to visible countermeasures.
- Detect potential attacks before they occur and notify the appropriate law enforcement agency.
- Defend the asset by delaying and distancing the attacker from the asset and protecting the asset from the effects of weapons.
- Design (redesign) the asset to minimize the potential effects of weapons of mass destruction and conventional explosives.
Emergency Management's goal is coordinate and provide support in domestic security in Florida. The purpose of this site is to provide more knowledge to individuals interested in Daily Domestic Security Issues.