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Evacuation Zones

Flood Zones and Flood Insurance

Hazardous Materials Information

Special Needs Sheltering

Community Emergency Response Teams and Volunteering with the State Emergency Response Team

Hurricane Shutters, Mobile Tie-Downs and Hazard Mitigation at Home

Miscellaneous Frequently Asked Questions

State Incident Management Teams

Evacuation Zones

Question How do I find out about evacuation zones in my area?

answer County wide evacuation route and zone maps are available. These county-wide map may be printed for general reference but may not provide enough detail for pinpointing your exact location. From a desktop computer, you can visit GATOR, enter and zoom to your address, and display evacuation zones. Mobile device users may also determine if they are in an evacuation zone by visiting Know Your Zone, which uses geolocation services from your mobile device to open a map zoomed to your location and displaying pre-designated evacuation zones.

Question How do I find out if an evacuation order has been issued?

answer During an emergency, your Local Emergency Management Program should always be consulted regarding evacuation orders.

Flood Zones and Flood Insurance

Question How do I find out about flood zones in my area?

answer Flood zones are geographic areas that FEMA has defined according to varying levels of flood risk. To find out about flood zones in your area, visit www.FloodSmart.gov.

Question Who can answer my questions about flood insurance and the National Flood Insurance Program?

answer In Florida, questions about flood insurance and the National Flood Insurance Program can be answered by calling the hotline (850) 413-9960 or by emailing questions to: floods@em.myflorida.com.

Question Where can I find GIS data and maps for flood zones?

answer Please see http://www.floridadisaster.org/gis/data/index.htm#flood.

Hazardous Materials Information

Question Who do I contact regarding tier II reporting?

answer The State Emergency Response Commission: 800-635-7179 (Florida only) or 850-413-9970. Also, you can email to sam.brackett@em.myflorida.com.

Question How do I file Tier II reports for hazardous materials facilities?

answer All Florida filers are encouraged to use the E-Plan Online System.  Please visit:    https://erplan.net/eplan/home.htm.  Facility reps that have filed Tier II reports for year 2012 will receive filing instructions via email prior to the March 1 reporting deadline.  Note that specific access IDs are required to access prior year’s Tier II data.

Question For hazardous materials facilities reporting, do I still have to send a copy of my Tier II form to my LEPC or fire department?

answer Currently, LEPC districts 3 & 8 both require a hard copy – see LEPC map at: http://www.floridadisaster.org/hazmat/LEPC/.  Also, you should check with your local fire department to see what they require – paper, PDF copy, E-Plan, etc.

Question Can I pay fees for hazardous materials facilities online?

answer Yes, you have the option of paying Tier II (annual registration) fees online at the E-Plan Online System.  You can use a credit card (AmEx, Discover, MC or VISA) or use online banking.

Question Can I still file paper forms for hazardous materials facilities?

answer Yes, the forms are available at:  http://hazmat.floridadisaster.org.  However, this method requires that you also submit paper copies to the LEPC & fire department.

Question Who do I contact for information on mailing SERC payments?

answer Call 800-635-7179 (in Florida) or 850-413-9970.  Checks should be made payable to the State Emergency Response Commission.

Special Needs Sheltering

Question Where do I go to find shelters for special needs in my area?

answer Go to: www.floridadisaster.org/disability/sheltering.html and click on General Population Shelters at the start of the second paragraph. Then click on the county of interest.

Question Must a person with a disability go to a Special Needs Shelter?

answer Not necessarily. Having a disability does not automatically exclude you from a general population shelter nor does having a disability automatically make you eligible for a Special Needs Shelter. Generally, if you are medically stable and do not need supervised medical care, you can be admitted to a general population shelter. You should check with your county’s Emergency Management Office for eligibility requirements.

Question Do I have to pre-register on my county’s Special Needs Registry?

answer No. However, pre-registering will help your Emergency Management professionals plan to meet your needs.

Question If I pre-register on my county’s Special Needs Registry, do I have to go to a Special Needs Shelter?

answer Not necessarily. Registering does not mean that you have to go to a Special Needs Shelter if you have to evacuate. You have the choice of going there or some other place that will meet your needs, such as a friend or relative’s house..

Question Where do I go to find shelters for special needs in my area?

answer Go to: www.floridadisaster.org/disability/sheltering.html and click on General Population Shelters at the start of the second paragraph. Then click on the county of interest.

Question Can I take my service animal to a shelter?

answer All shelters are required to admit a person with a service animal. A service animal may be excluded from the shelter if that animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. If your service animal causes problems, the shelter manager may require you to remove the animal but you can still stay in the shelter. However, a service animal cannot be excluded based on assumptions about how it will behave.

Question What documentation is required for a service animal?

answer Documentation that the service animal is trained is not a precondition to providing service for an individual accompanied by a service animal. You may be asked if the animal is a service animal or what tasks the animal has been trained to perform in order to determine the difference between a service animal and a pet. It is a good idea, but not required, to have veterinary information available (shot records, veterinarian contact information, etc.).

Question Who is responsible for caring for my service animal?

answer You are. You must keep your service animal under control, provide food, water and other supplies and take care of the animal’s relief requirements.

Question I have a personal care attendant. Must he accompany me to a shelter?

answer It is best if your personal care attendant can accompany you. However, you cannot be denied admittance to a general population or special needs shelter if your personal care attendant is unavailable.

Community Emergency Response Teams and Working/Volunteering with the
State Emergency Response Team

Question How do I become a member of my local CERT -- Community Emergency Response Team?

answer Floridians who are interested in becoming a member of a CERT team can find information on teams and Citizen Corps councils in their local area and sign up to serve. Visit the Citizen Corps webpage to learn more about becoming a member.

Question How do I become a member of SERT -- The State Emergency Response Team?

answer To become a member of the State Emergency Response Team, you need to be a member of a federal, state, local, non-governmental organization or private sector entity that has response/recovery/mitigation functions during natural or manmade disasters in the State of Florida.

Question How do I become part of the Disaster Reservist program?

answer To apply to become part of the Disaster Reservist Cadre, please visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/Recovery/IndividualAssistance/DisasterReservist/ for the requirements. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail the Disaster Reservist Cadre Manager at quentin.wiley@em.myflorida.com.

Question How do I apply for employment with the Florida Division of Emergency Management?

answer Go to https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/logon.htm. Fill out a State of Florida application online. You can sort by the agency you are interested in working with, and then submit your application. We accept online applications only.

Question How do you become a staff member of a JFO?

answer Given the activities and responsibilities assigned to the JFO, the appropriate personnel must be assigned to support the structure. All personnel reporting to the JFO, including those in leadership positions must:

  • Be capable of successfully completing a minimal security background check.
  • Understand and execute NIMS and NRP principles.

Certification of this requirement is through the mandatory completion of the following Independent Study courses offered on the FEMA Emergency Management Institute web page (IS-100, IS-200, IS- 700 and IS-800 (or agency equivalent training on the NIMS and NRP)). Members are also encouraged to complete IS-300, IS-400, and any additional ICS position-specific training.

  • Departments or agencies supplying representatives to the JFO must certify to DHS that their personnel have complied with the requisite NIMS and NRP training.
  • JFO personnel must be familiar with Annex F of the JFO SOP (Security Procedures) as well as information related to information security.
  • Individuals assigned to JFO leadership or staff positions may be required to work long hours under stressful, unfavorable, strenuous and non-sedentary conditions. These conditions may include adverse weather conditions, exposure to the elements, limited food, water supplies and shelter options. DHS/FEMA will establish a certification process that will allow agencies to pre-certify individuals to the extent possible, with an additional procedure to allow certifications to be provided during an incident if needed. For agencies that provide agency-specific training on the NRP and NIMS, DHS/FEMA Joint Field Office Field Operations Guide UNCLASSIFIED 2-3

Question How can one get on Florida Division of Emergency Management’s vendors list?

answer You can register at: http://dms.myflorida.com/egovernment_tools/myflorida_marketplace. Once registered you may participate in the State Competitive Bid System by linking to this web page. If you have any problems or questions during the registration process, please contact the My Florida MarketPlace Customer Service Desk at 866-352-3776 or via email at VendorHelp@myfloridamarketplace.com.

Question How do I volunteer with the State Emergency Response Team?

answer Visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.  

Hurricane Shutters, Mobile Tie-Downs and Hazard Mitigation at Home

Question When should I put up hurricane shutters? What do I do when my homeowners’ association restricts us from having them put up at certain times?

answer When you hear a hurricane is headed in your direction, it is time to put up the hurricane shutters. When dealing with home owners restrictions, you can prepare by having a plan for someone to come and put up your hurricane shutters and secure your home in the event of a hurricane storm. Get in touch with your homeowner association to learn more about securing your home for storms. The best plan is to be prepared, make your arrangements before a storm happens. For more information about hurricane shutters, visit http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/shutters/index1.html.

Question Who can help me with Mobile Home Tie downs?

answer Each year the Division of Emergency Management transfer $2.8 million from the Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program to Tallahassee Community College for the mobile home tie-down program. This program ensures that entire manufactured home communities and mobile home parks may be improved wherever practicable. The contact person for this program is Amy Bojackzy at 850 201-8525.

Question Who do I contact if a tree is close to my home, and could potential safety issue to my neighbors or myself?

answer With regards to any state or federal program that could offer assistance, unfortunately there are none at the Florida Division of Emergency Management.  Since the trees could have a safety issue, please contact the local city and/or county public works departments to see if they may have such a program that could assist you.  Many times, municipalities have “Nuisance & Abatement” ordinances that will give local governments authority to enter into private property to take the necessary measures to correct a safety or health problem. 

Miscellaneous Frequently Asked Questions

Question Who do I contact about Florida Division of Emergency Management and State Emergency Response Team training information?

answer Contact the following for your region or issue:

Region 1&2:  Linda McWhorter
linda.mcwhorter@em.myflorida.com
Region 3:  Linda McWhorter
linda.mcwhorter@em.myflorida.com
Region 4/5/7:  Calvin Williams
  calvin.williams@em.myflorida.com
Region 6:   Michael Beha
  michael.beha@em.myfloida.com
REP T&E Issues:  Britton Holdaway
  britton.holdaway@em.myflorida.com
Energy Assurance T&E Issues:  Michal McElroy
  michael.mcelroy@em.myflorida.com
PSIC T&E Issues:  Robert Little
  robert.little@em.myflorida.com

 

Question Who do I contact about price gouging?

answer Call the Florida Attorney General’s price gouging reporting hotline at: 1-866-966-7226.

Question What is the contact number for FEMA?

answer To file a claim, please call 1-800-621-3362. For all other questions, please visit the website at www.fema.gov, or visit http://www.fema.gov/about/contact/regions.shtm for FEMA Regional contact numbers.

Question Where can I get information regarding building code questions, or Housing and Community Development (HCD)?

answer Visit www.floridabuilding.org or call 850-487-1824

Question What is the policy for the use of DEM’s photography, maps, audio/visual recordings, and written material?

answer Please review the conditions for use of all DEM material.

Question Will the Florida Division of Emergency Management trade links with Businesses or individuals?

answer No, we do not trade links, but you are free to link ours.

Question How do I find out about hurricane evacuation zones in my area?

answer Hurricane evacuation zones are based on regional evacuation studies. These studies are currently being updated with an expected completion date of 12/2009. Sometime after that, we would expect to provide hurricane evacuation zone maps through our website. In the meantime, for the latest hurricane evacuation zone information for your county, please visit your county emergency management office.

 

 

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Updated:
March 7, 2014 17:25

 
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