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Statewide Emergency Shelter Plans

The Division of Emergency Management has been directed by statute to prepare a biennial Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan.  The Plans identify the State's capacity to shelter residents at risk from the effects of a major hurricane.  Pursuant to section 1013.372(2), and 252.385(2)(b), Florida Statutes, the Plan is prepared and submitted to the Governor and Cabinet for approval. The Plan provides information on existing and long-term hurricane evacuation shelter space requirements. This information is then used by district school boards, community college boards of trustees, university boards of trustees and emergency management agencies in planning for the construction of new educational facilities to comply with the Florida Building Code’s Public Shelter Design Criteria.

2016 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan (Individual chapters)

2014 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan (Individual chapters)

2012 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan (Individual chapters)

2010 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan (Individual chapters)

2008 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan (Individual chapters)

2006 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan (Individual chapters)

2004 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan (Individual chapters)

Shelter Retrofit Reports

2016 Shelter Retrofit Report

2015 Shelter Retrofit Report

2014 Shelter Retrofit Report

2013 Shelter Retrofit Report

2012 Shelter Retrofit Report

2011 Shelter Retrofit Report

2009 Shelter Retrofit Report

2008 Shelter Retrofit Report

2007 Shelter Retrofit Report

2006 Shelter Retrofit Report

2005 Shelter Retrofit Report (PDF)

2004 Shelter Retrofit Report (PDF)

2003 Shelter Retrofit Report (PDF)

2002 Shelter Retrofit Report (PDF)

2001 Shelter Retrofit Report (PDF)

2012 Governor's Hurricane Conference

Trends In Critical Facility Design, Construction And Retrofit

2011 Governor's Hurricane Conference

Shelter Selection 101 (PDF)

2007 National Hurricane Conference Presentations

Performance Standards and Expectations of Hurricane Shelters (PPT)

Florida Emergency Operations Centers; 2006 Funding Formula and Design Criteria (PPT)

Design Issues for Essential Facilities and Shelters (PPT)

07 NHC EOC Design Criteria (PPT) (9.25 MB)

2006 Governors Hurricane Conference

Performance Standards and Expectations of Hurricane Shelters (PDF)

Mass Care Facility Considerations for Selecting Hurricane Shelters (PDF)

ICC/NSSA Storm Shelter Standard (PDF)

EHPA Shelters in K-12 Educational Facilities (PDF)

Special Needs Shelters Memorandum

The Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr. John Agwunobi, and the Director of the Division of Emergency Management, W. Craig Fugate cooperatively distribute memorandum to County Health Departments (CHD) and local emergency management agencies that announces expectation that all public Special Needs Shelters (SpNS) that are intended to used during hurricane impact must, at a minimum, meet the hurricane shelter safety criteria of the American Red Cross' Standards for Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Selection (ARC 4496), be provided with emergency power supported air-conditioning, and request that SpNS capacities be based upon 60 sq.ft. per client.

Click HERE to view the Notice. [ Adobe Acrobat .PDF, 3.6MB]

Spring 2005 Critical Facility and Hurricane Shelter Assessments

The Division of Emergency Management (DEM), in collaboration with the Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD), will be beginning a baseline survey of county critical facilities over the next few months. HCD is funding this initiative. This critical facility assessment will also include a second baseline assessment of hurricane shelters.

Click HERE to view the Notice. [ Adobe Acrobat .PDF, 3.6MB]

 

Auditor General Report

The Auditor General of the State of Florida, William O. Monroe, CPA, released Report No. 02-055 regarding "Hurricane Shelters and Grant Management. Florida Department of Community Affairs. Operational Audit." To review this report, click HERE. [ Adobe Acrobat .PDF, 5.7MB]

AUTHORITIES UNDER FLORIDA STATUTES:

  • Our hurricane shelter survey authority is vested in s. 252.385, Florida Statutes. View the text HERE.

  • The authority for schools to be required to serve as emergency shelters is found in s. 252.38(1)(d), Florida Statutes. View the text HERE.

  • The authority to survey a variety of types of facilities (both public and privately owned) for emergency management purposes is found in s. 252.35(2)(o), Florida Statutes. View the text HERE.

  • The Enhanced Hurricane Protection Area (EHPA) requirement is found in the s. 1013.372, Florida Statutes. View the text HERE.

  • The EHPA requirement for Universities is found in s. 1013.74(4), Florida Statutes. View the text HERE.

 

EMPATF

  • Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Trust Fund - Competitive Grants Program
  • Grants Section

 

FEMA Publications

 

EOC RELATED DOCUMENTS:

 

Forms

 

This "Forms" section is provided as a one-stop convenience for any online forms you may need from this Unit. If you require additional information about the program for these forms relate, please see the rest of the "Unit Library."

Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Evaluations:

  • Florida's Least Risk Decision Making (LRDM) Guidance Table (ARC4496-Prescriptive-Summary-Table): [Adobe ]
  • Least Risk Decision Making (LRDM) Table: [Word]  [Adobe ]
  • Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Evaluation Checklist: [Word]  [ Adobe

 

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

 

The following information is generated by the Bureau of Mitigation.  As a convenience, we have provided the following links to their web pages. Please refer any questions or issues regarding grants or funding sources to the Bureau of Mitigation. 

 

Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Evaluations

 

2001 Shelter Retrofit Report
Standards for Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Selection,
American Red Cross (ARC4496 Jan. 2002): [ Adobe ]

Guidelines for the Selection of Hurricane Evacuation Shelters, American Red Cross (ARC4496 July 1992): [ Adobe ]

 

  • Least Risk Decision Making (LRDM) Table: [Word]  [Adobe ]
  • Florida's Least Risk Decision Making (LRDM) Guidance Table (ARC4496-Prescriptive-Summary-Table): [Adobe ]
  • Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Evaluation Checklist: [Word]  [ Adobe ]
  • Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Evaluation (HESE) Course Information (G-626)

REFUGES OF LAST RESORT :

 

Shelter Implementation Workshop

 

Proceedings of the Shelter Implementation Workshop, held July 6-7, 2000, Peabody Hotel - Orlando, Florida: [ Adobe ]

 

working group

FINAL REPORT: "Florida's Hurricane Shelter Selection Guidelines Review - Proceedings of the Working Group"


Shelter Retrofit Report - 2001

 

Retrofit Rooms In Your HomeA low-cost method for homeowners to create a "retrofit room" inside their existing homes. Under contract with the Department of Community Affairs, Dr. Nur Yazdani, Ph.D., P.E., of the Florida A&M - Florida State University, College of Engineering, has developed this guide to help homeowners build a "retrofit room" in their existing houses. The "retrofit room" is designed to provide an area within the house that is resistant to wind speeds up to 140mph, which is the equivalent to either a Category 4 hurricane or an F2 tornado.

Click HERE to view this report. [ Adobe Acrobat .PDF, 5.0MB]


National Multihazard Survey Instructions, FEMA TR-84, March 1987


National Multihazard Survey Instructions, FEMA TR-84, March 1987

  1. -          National Facility Survey
  2. -          Reception and Care Survey
  3. -          Natural Hazard Vulnerability Survey

Click HERE to view FEMA TR-84

Tools, References, and Handy Links

 

 

Tornado Protection

 

TORNADO PROTECTIONTORNADO PROTECTION: Selecting Safe Areas in Buildings
The Division of Emergency Management presents this booklet to help school administrators and facilities managers determine the best available protection in buildings to shelter from a tornado threat. Based upon actual case studies of tornado impacts on schools, the booklet guides officials, with the help of an architect, engineer, or other experienced facilities person, to identify safe areas within a building. The information contained in the booklet is also useful for other types of non-school facilities or for designing new facilities.

 

 

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