FDOT Emergency Management operates using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) frameworks, tools used for the command, control and coordination of emergency response.
While each member of the FDOT EM staff has leadership roles within this structure, auxiliary support staff can be brought in to assist during times of emergency. Auxiliary staff are employees working in other offices throughout the department who are trained to assist during activations.
The duties and responsibilities of each section are driven by current operations. These so-called "blue sky" and "gray sky" roles will fluctuate based on need, but each section must always work closely with the others to ensure mission success.
The Command Section (CMD) is led by the emergency coordination officer (ECO). CMD fills the role of incident commander and works with FDOT leadership and offices to coordinate the department's response during emergency activations. Besides the FDOT EM Watch Officer (see below), the ECO is the primary point of contact for FDOT EM.
At the FDOT district level, District Emergency Coordination Officers (DECO) lead the department's localized preparation and response to emergencies; oversee the execution of missions tasked from the SERT; provide FDOT liaisons to support county governments; and staff local emergency operations centers.
Finance and Administration
The Finance and Administration Section (FIN) is led by the Finance and Administration chief. FIN is responsible for maintaining financial documentation, contracts and managing federal reimbursement requests. It also assists with purchases, travel and other administrative tasks.
The Intel Section (INT) is led by the Intel chief. INT is responsible for developing and administrating FDOT EM incident management software, writing situation reports and coordinating information collection, analysis and distribution. It also maintains this website, internal electronic resources and technology at FDOT EM emergency operations centers in Tallahassee.
The Logistics Section (LOG) is led by the Logistics chief. LOG is responsible for maintaining equipment and supplies, managing mission response at the transportation emergency operations center in Tallahassee, coordinating the auxiliary staff program and ensuring that resources are available. It also helps to manage communication devices and maintain fleet vehicles.
The Operations Section (OPS) is led by the Operations chief. OPS is responsible for the daily operation and management of FDOT EM emergency operations centers in Tallahassee, ensuring staffing levels are adequate for a given activation and providing delegate support to the ECO. It also coordinates meetings and projects both internally and with external partners.
The Plans Section (PLA) is led by the Plans chief. PLA is responsible for the department's various emergency management planning documents, preparing incident action plans and organizing statewide training events and exercises. It also coordinates the department's continuity of operations and domestic security plans.
The FDOT EM Watch Officer provides the department and its local, state and federal partners with statewide situational awareness and support. Staffed 24/7/365 by individuals on rotation, the FDOT EM Watch Officer is the primary point of contact for the State Watch Office and the department's partner agencies for any emergency issues.