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CRAIG FUGATE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF FDEM

Governor-Elect Charlie Crist on Monday, December 18, appointed Craig Fugate as Director of the Division of Emergency Management, Ruben Almaguer as Deputy Director of the Division, and Monesia Brown Director of the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

“These individuals bring unparalleled qualifications as well as heartfelt desire to serve the public good in their respective offices,” said Governor-Elect Crist. “I look forward to working with them to ensure Florida’s best years are still ahead.”

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2006 HURRICANE SEASON ENDS QUIETLY

STATE OFFICIALS URGE YEAR - ROUND PREPAREDNESS, GET A PLAN!

Picture of Lt. Governor Toni Jennings, Ben Nelson and Craig FugateLt. Governor Toni Jennings today joined state emergency management officials to note the end of the 2006 Hurricane Season. This year, the Atlantic Basin produced 9 named storms, 5 major storms, and the state was impacted by two landfalling systems, tropical storms Alberto and Ernesto. Lt. Gov. Jennings reminded Floridians that even though the season was quiet, individual and business preparedness should continue year-round.

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ARCTIC COLD TO PLUNGE INTO NORTH FLORIDA ON THURSDAY NIGHT

Residents should prepare for record low temperatures in North Florida on Friday Night

ColdState emergency management officials are urging residents across north Florida to prepare for record cold temperatures and low wind chills beginning Thursday night. A blast of cold air originating in Canada will spill into north Florida on Thursday evening. Temperatures are forecast to fall into the 20s across most of north Florida Thursday night, with wind chills falling into the teens in the Panhandle. Freeze watches have been issued for most of north Florida for Thursday night. As winds subside on Friday evening, record cold temperatures are expected in north Florida, with temperatures falling below freezing (32 degrees and below) into north central sections of the state, including the Nature Coast.

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CIEM

EMERGENCY MANAGERS TO MEET FOR ANNUAL “CURRENT ISSUES” SEMINARS - SESSION TWO OCTOBER 24-25 2006

Over 100 local and county emergency management officials will convene next week at the State Emergency Operations Center for the second session of the 2006 Current Issues in Emergency Management Seminars.

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MAX MAYFIELD

GOVERNOR BUSH AND FLORIDA CABINET HONORS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER DIRECTOR MAX MAYFIELD

Resolution highlights the 34-year career of public service to the residents of Florida

Governor Jeb Bush and members of the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday honored 34-years of public service by Max Mayfield, director of the Tropical Prediction and National Hurricane Center (TPC /NHC). Mayfield, 58, has served as the NHC’s Director since January 2000, will retire at the end of this year. Director Mayfield was joined in the proceedings by Division of Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate, members of the State Emergency Response Team, and the Mayfield family.

MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM

MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM FLORIDIANS AROUND THE STATE FOR FREE HOME INSPECTIONS!

To help Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes against hurricanes and to reduce hurricane damage exposure in our state, the Florida Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program will offer free home inspections by qualified hurricane mitigation inspectors to eligible homeowners.

For more information on how you can beter protect your Florida home please call
1-800-342-2762 OR 850-413-3089 OR vist www.mysafefloridahome.com

HMGP APPLICATIONS

HMGP APPLICATIONS RECEIVED FOR HURRICANES DENNIS AND KATRINA

The Division of Emergency Management received a total of 176 project applications for funding consideration under the HMGP for Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina. A detailed list of applications received is now available.

Dennis Application (PDF) | Katrina Application (PDF)

DIRECTOR FUGATE INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL GUARD HALL OF FAME

The National Guard Association of Florida inducted Florida Director of Emergency Management William “Craig” Fugate into its Hall of Fame, during the organization's annual state conference held in Jacksonville, June 24. Mr. Fugate was named the 2006 Inductee into the Hall of Fame during an evening banquet attended by Florida National Guard leadership and Gov. Jeb Bush.

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HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY

The Department of Community Affairs, Division of Emergency Management is pleased to announce the availability of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds as a result of the recent Presidential Disaster Declarations (FEMA-1609-DR-FL). The HMGP is authorized by Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act and is designed to assist communities in implementing mitigation measures designed to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. DEM is soliciting applications and encourage all eligible applicants to identify and submit applications that address eligible mitigation activities that are designed to reduce your community's overall risk to hazards. The amount of funding available to the state is based on 7.5% of the total federal disaster assistance for these events. The application period will close September 15, 2006. Therefore, all applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2006. The Department encourages and welcomes the submittal of complete applications at anytime during this cycle.

Applications and Forms | Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding Program (PDF)

HMGP APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

The Department of Community Affairs, Division of Emergency Management is pleased to announce a series of workshops in that will assist potential applicants with the preparation of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program application. The workshop will help attendees understand the requirements of the grant program and components of the application.

Workshop Announcement (PDF)

FLORIDA CABINET APPROVES STATEWIDE EMERGENCY SHELTER PLAN

The Florida Cabinet approved the 2006 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan. Since 1999, state, federal and local agencies have created 851,471 shelter spaces – approximately 80% of the state's shelter demand. In 2000, Governor Bush championed legislation to provide an annual allocation of $3 million from the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund to increase shelter space. Today, Florida can provide shelter to 824,707 people in general public shelters and 26,764 in special needs shelters.

View Full Story (PDF) | 2006 Statewide Shelter Plan

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PREPAREDNESS AND ASSISTANCE COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM

The Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance (EMPA) Competitive Grants Preliminary Scores and Rankings are now available.

Federal and State Program Grants

GET A PLAN!

FLORIDA LAUNCHES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

For First Time Ever, Floridians Can Access New Online, Interactive Tool to Create Tailor-Made Family and Business Preparedness Plans

GET A PLAN! - For First Time Ever, Floridians Can Access New Online, Interactive Tool to Create Tailor-Made Family and Business Preparedness PlansFlorida Lt. Governor Toni Jennings, along with the Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Association of Broadcasters, unveiled an unprecedented new public opinion and outreach campaign to promote hurricane preparedness across Florida. The multi-million dollar project, called for by Gov. Jeb Bush during his 2006 State of the State address, will be the largest, most comprehensive public education effort on hurricane preparedness in Florida history. With a simple theme calling on Floridians to “GET A PLAN!”, the campaign will be targeted toward residents who have the means and ability to be prepared in the event of a major storm, but are not.

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FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE TOLL SUSPENSIONS EXPANDED TO BOTH DIRECTIONS ON THE HOMESTEAD EXTENSION—MORE SUSPENSIONS TAKE EFFECT TOMORROW MORNING 8/28

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS CARBON MONOXIDE 8/28

HAND WASHING CAN HELP PREVENT ILLNESS 8/28

GUIDELINES FOR FEEDING INFANTS 8/28

GUIDELINES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN 8/28

MEDICATIONS IN DISASTER SITUATIONS 8/28

MAKING A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT 8/28

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS 8/28

MAKING A FAMILY PLAN FOR DISASTERS & EMERGENCIES 8/28

DISASTER PREPARATION FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN 8/28

BRONSON ASKS RESIDENTS TO REPORT PRICE-GOUGING 8/28

NOTICE OF TOLL SUSPENSIONS FOR THE HOMESTEAD EXTENSION OF FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE 8/28


TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE UPGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO 8/25

TROPICAL DEPRESSION FOUR UPGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM DEBBY 8/22

DHS ADJUSTS THREAT LEVEL FROM RED TO ORANGE FOR IN-BOUND FLIGHTS FROM THE UK 8/14/2006

WESTERN HEMISPHERE TRAVEL INITIATIVE PROPOSED RULE OUTLINES NEW DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR AND SEA TRAVEL 8/11/2006

FLORIDA OFFICIALS MONITOR CHANGE IN AVIATION THREAT LEVELS 8/10/2006

GUIDANCE FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS 8/10/2006

CHRIS WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION 8/4

TROPICAL DEPRESSION THREE UPGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM CHRIS 8/1

ONE MONTH DOWN, DO YOU HAVE A PLAN? 7/3

Residential Construction Mitigation Program Notice of Funding Availabilty 6/16/2006

HALSTEAD NAMED BUREAU CHIEF 3/21/2006

FY 2006 APPLICATION CYCLE FOR THE CERT AND CITIZEN CORPS GRANT PROGRAMS
CERT Application Scores (PDF) | Citizen Corps Application Scores (PDF)

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OPENS NEW KEY WEST OFFICE 3/30/2006

HMGP APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO AID VICTIMS OF SEVERE FLOODING IN PINELLAS, HILLSBOROUGH AND PASCO COUNTIES

GOV BUSH STRESSES PRIORITIES IN 2006 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACADEMY GRADUATES 35 STUDENTS 2/27/2006

NDERSTAND PANDEMIC INFLUENZA AND AVIAN FLU

TATE OFFICIALS PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL HOMELAND SECURITY EXERCISE 2/6/2006

Governor Bush Announces 2006-2007 Executive Budget

Hurricane Preparedness, Response and Recovery | Power Point Presentation

OVERNOR BUSH AND LT. GOVERNOR JENNINGS ANNOUNCE NEW FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY 2/6/2006

Florida Hazardous Weather Awareness Week 2/1/2006

Benefit-Cost Analysis Training

Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants

Guidelines for Reimbursement Under EMAC and In-State Mutual Aid - Katrina

Preparedness and Assistance (EMPA) Competitive Grant Program

Neighbors to the Rescue™ - Florida Hurricane Relief Fund

LT. GOVERNOR JENNINGS UNVEILS RESULTS OF 2005 HURRICANE VOLUNTEER EFFORTS

LT. GOVERNOR JENNINGS UNVEILS FLORIDA reBUILDS INITIATIVE TO ASSIST WITH LABOR SHORTAGE AND HURRICANE RECOVERY 12/13

Application Deadline for Disaster Assistance Extended to January 5 12/1/


SECRETARY COHEN ANNOUNCES NEW LEGISLATIVE STAFF AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS 12/1

LT. GOVERNOR JENNINGS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE 11/30

GOVERNOR BUSH ENCOURAGES ALL TO GIVE THE GIFT OF RECOVERY TO FLORIDA'S HURRICANE WILMA SURVIVORS 11/23

DEADLINES FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE WILMA TO FILE FOR FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT AID UPCOMING 11/23

LT. GOVERNOR TONI JENNINGS LAUNCHES VOLUNTEER PROGRAM TO ASSIST WITH WILMA RECOVERY 11/23

WILMA VICTIMS ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER LEGAL SERVICES 11/11

STATE OFFICIALS URGE RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR COLDER TEMPERATURES 11/16

HURRICANE WILMA STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET 11/10

FLORIDA EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER MOVES TO LEVEL 2 OPERATION 11/7

MEMORANDUM: Letter from Governor Jeb Bush requesting adjustment of Federal/non-Federal cost-share

public schools in counties most affected by Hurricane Wilma will receive waivers from the Department of Education (DOE) (11/1)

LT. GOVERNOR JENNINGS TO VISIT AREAS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE 10/31

DEP REOPENS STATE FACILITIES 10/31

Florida DEP Re-Opens State Parks and Aquatic Preserves (10/31)

DISASTER OFFICIALS OPEN ADDITIONAL DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS 10/31

Agency for Health Care Administration Acts To Make Oxygen Available

Hurricane Wilma Power Briefing as of 4pm 27 Oct 2005 (pdf)

Florida Hurricane Relief Fund Poised to Respond 10/25 (pdf)

HURRICANE WILMA POWER BRIEFING SHEET As of 4 p.m., October 26, 2005

COMMISSIONER TUNNELL AND FDLE OFFICIALS VISIT AREAS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE WILMA 10/26

DEP PROVIDES EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR HURRICANE WILMA 10/26

DOH URGES FLORIDIANS TO TAKE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN AREAS EXPERIENCING FLOODING 10/26

STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING 10/26 (PDF)

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING 10/22

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS 10/22

STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING 10/22

HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF THIS WEEKEND ALONG THE GULF COAST BEACHES IN ADVANCE OF HURRICANE WILMA 10/21

HURRICANE WILMA INFORMATION SHEET DOH URGES DISASTER PREPARATION FOR FAMILIES 10/21

HURRICANE WILMA STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET 10/21

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING 10/20

DEP DISTRICT OFFICES, STATE PARKS AND PRESERVES CLOSE 10/20

Hurricane Wilma Prompts Consumer Alert from Attorney General 10/20

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING

AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION MAKES PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AVAILABLE FOR MEDICAID PARTICIPANTS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE WILMA 10/20

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING 10/20

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING 10/20

DEP DISTRICT OFFICES, STATE PARKS AND PRESERVES CLOSE 10/20

Hurricane Wilma Prompts Consumer Alert from Attorney General 10/20

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING

AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION MAKES PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AVAILABLE FOR MEDICAID PARTICIPANTS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE WILMA 10/20

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING 10/20

DEP STATE PARKS CLOSE 10/20

FEMA SUPPORTS FLORIDA STATE OFFICIALS IN URGING PREPAREDNESS AS HURRICANE WILMA APPROACHES 10/20

MEDIA ADVISORY - STATE BUILDING CLOSURES 10/20

SERT to Hold Media Briefing Today

Statement by Governor Jeb Bush on Emergency Response 10/12

Current Issues In Emergency Management at State EOC 10/12

Summary of Florida resources deployed to aid Hurricane Katrina impacted communities: October 12, 2005 – as of 12 p.m.

Memorial Service to Honor Five Florida Firefighters...

EMAC Resource Briefing 10.10.05

DIRECTOR FUGATE TO HOLD MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT SEOC 10/5

FLORIDA OFFERS STATE EMPLOYEES NEW FLEXIBLE HEALTH CARE OPTION 10/3

KEEP FIRST RESPONSE LOCAL 9/30

FLORIDA EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER DEACTIVATED 9/28

HURRICANE RITA FUEL PSA FEED 9/23

DEP SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT FUEL SUPPLY INFORMATION 9/23

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS CARBON MONOXIDE 9/20

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS 9/20

FEMA SUPPORTS FLORIDA STATE OFFICIALS IN URGING PREPAREDNESS AS RITA INTENSIFIES

Attorney General Warns Against Price Gouging Tropical Storm Rita prompts declaration of emergency

AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION MAKES PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AVAILABLE FOR MEDICAID PARTICIPANTS IMPACTED BY TROPICAL STORM RITA

AP - GOV BUSH VISITS HURRICANE - BATTERED MISSISSIPPI 9/16

TRANSCRIPT OF FLORIDA CABINET MEETING REGARDING APPROVAL OF LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE CERTIFIED DISASTER SERVICE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS 9/16

NOTICE REGARDING LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE CERTIFIED DISASTER SERVICE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS 9/16

National Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2005

Rough Surf Claims Two Lives in the Panhandle 9/26

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES PRECAUTIONS FOR FOOD SAFETY 8/27

ATTORNEY GENERAL ISSUES CONSUMER ALERT

DCA SECRETARY COHEN AND STATE AGENCY HEADS TO HOLD BRIEFING 8/26

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS 8/26

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WARNS OF RISKS AFTER THE STORM 8/26

LT. GOVERNOR JENNINGS TO HOLD A MEDIA BRIEFING 8/26

DEP DISTRICT OFFICES, STATE PARKS AND PRESERVES CLOSE 8/25

TROPICAL STORM INFORMATION SHEET - FLOODING 8/25

STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER REMAINS ACTIVATED 8/24

LT. GOVERNOR JENNINGS PRESENTS MORE THAN $38 MILLION IN HURRICANE HOUSING FUNDS TO ESCAMBIA AND SANTA ROSA COUNTIES (8\19)

Individual Assistance for Hurricane Dennis Victims Approaches $24M

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability for Special Needs Shelter 8/9

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Planning Grant Notice of Funding Availability 8/9

ONE YEAR LATER… LONG-TERM RECOVERY COMMITTEES A POSITIVE OUTCOME OF HURRICANE CHARLEY 8/3

2004 HURRICANE SEASON SPAWNS INNOVATION 8/5

REBUILDING SAFER AND STRONGER 8/5

VOLUNTEER VIGNETTES 8/5

PREPARE A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN NOW 8/5

Director's Comments on Mid-Season Forecast Updates

The 2005 hurricane season has gotten off to a fast start with nine-named storms. The updated forecast by NOAA, 18 to 21 storms, should serve as a reminder for Floridians to remain vigilant, yet pragmatic, in their preparedness as we move toward the peak months ahead.

Given the updated forecasts, the question all Floridians should ask is, “What does this mean to me?”

For six months each year, hurricanes are a natural fact of life in Florida. It is also a fact that we can remain safe by taking the time to properly prepare our homes, businesses and loved ones before the next storm threatens our state.

If you have already taken the steps to prepare, develop and rehearse your plans, I congratulate you. Go forward, get out and enjoy all that our great state has to offer. Do so knowing that you are ready for whatever life and nature may bring.

NOAA Increases Hurricane Forecast Projections for 2005 (8/1)

U.S. DOT Launches New Website to Assist Persons with Disabilities For Emergency Preparedness (7/23)

Governor Bush Announces Emergency “Bridge Loans” Available for Small Business Severely Impacted by Dennis (PDF, 7/22)

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE TO HURRICANE DENNIS VICTIMS IN DIXIE AND TAYLOR COUNTIES (PDF, 7/22)

FOOD STAMPS CAN NOW BUY HOT MEALS (PDF, 7/15)

DCF EASES FOOD STAMP PROCESS IN FRANKLIN, WAKULLA (PDF, 7/15)

DCF ANNOUNCES DISASTER FOOD STAMP APPLICATION SITES (PDF, 7/15)

DCF EASES FOOD STAMP PROCESS IN FRANKLIN, WAKULLA (PDF, 7/15)

HURRICANE DENNIS POWER BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/15)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/15)

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE TO HURRICANE DENNIS VICTIMS (PDF, 7/15)

DCF OFFERS CRISIS COUNSELING TO HURRICANE DENNIS VICTIMS (PDF, 7/15)

DCF, USDA TO LAUNCH DISASTER FOOD STAMP PROGRAM IN ESCAMBIA, OKALOOSA AND SANTA ROSA COUNTIES (PDF, 7/15)

Power Restoration Complete In Areas Hit By Hurricane Dennis (PDF, 7/18)

HURRICANE DENNIS POWER BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/15)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE (PDF, 7/15)

STATEMENT FROM DOH AND DOEA SECRETARIES ON THE CLOSING OF ALL FLORIDA SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTERS FOLLOWING HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/14)

HURRICANE DENNIS POWER BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/14)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/14)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH URGES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO PREVENT WEST NILE VIRUS AND OTHER MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES (PDF, 7/14)

NEW HOURS OF OPERATION FOR THE VOLUNTEER AND DONATION HOTLINE (PDF, 7/14)

HURRICANE DENNIS POWER BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/14)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/14)

Relief Organizations Need Donations to Sustain Relief and Recovery Operations (PDF, 7/12)

An Informed Approach to Hurricane Donations and Volunteer Service Maximizes the Value of Your Efforts (PDF, 7/12)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES PRECAUTIONS FOR FOOD SAFETY (PDF, 7/12)

DEPARTMENT OF ELDER AFFAIRS AND AGING NETWORK ASSIST IN HURRICANE DENNIS DISASTER RELIEF (PDF, 7/12)

STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING REGARDING HURRICANE DENNIS RECOVERY EFFORTS (PDF, 7/12)

DOH RECOMMENDS TETANUS VACCINE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO SUFFER WOUNDS (PDF, 7/12)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET 7.12.05 4:00 p.m. (PDF, 7/12)

DEP BEGINS BEACH ASSESSMENT AFTER HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/12)

FLORIDA STATE PARKS REOPEN ALONG PANHANDLE FOLLOWING HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/12)

HURRICANES CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH SEWAGE SYSTEMS (PDF, 7/12)

STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS TO HOLD MEDIA BRIEFING REGARDING HURRICANE DENNIS RECOVERY EFFORTS (PDF, 7/12)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE POWER BRIEFING SHEETS 7.12.05 a.m (PDF, 7/12)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEETS 7.12.05 a.m (PDF, 7/12)

DOH CAUTIONS FLORIDIANS ABOUT MOLD IN WATER-DAMAGED BUILDINGS (PDF, 7/12)

DOH URGES BOIL WATER NOTICE PRECAUTIONS (PDF, 7/11)

MEDIA ADVISORY - CHAPPIE JAMES BUILDING, ESCAMBIA COUNTY (PDF, 7/11)

AHCA SECRETARY LEVINE TO VISIT HOSPITALS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/11)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE AND POWER BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/11)

LT. GOVERNOR JENNINGS TO HOLD A MEDIA AVAILABILITY (PDF, 7/11)

GOVERNOR PATAKI SENDS DISASTER SPECIALISTS TO HELP FLORIDA RECOVERY (PDF, 7/11)

DOH WARN OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS (PDF, 7/11)

FDOT Road Closure Update - July 11, 2005 12:30 p.m. (CST) (PDF, 7/11)

ESCAMBIA BAY BRIDGE REOPENS TO TRAFFIC (PDF, 7/11)

HEALTH OFFICIALS REMIND FLORIDIANS OF WARNING SIGNS OF HEART ATTACK (PDF, 7/11)

HEALTH OFFICIALS CAUTION ABOUT HEAT EXHAUSTION (PDF, 7/11)

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/11)

DOH ADVISES ON HOME CLEAN-UP AFTER THE STORM (PDF, 7/11)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/11)

HURRICANE DENNIS POWER BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/11)

FLOOD WATERS POSE HEALTH RISKS (PDF, 7/11)

FLOODING INFORMATION SHEET (PDF, 7/11)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WARNS OF RISKS AFTER THE STORM (PDF, 7/11)

EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 2005-145 (PDF, 7/10)

GOVERNOR BUSH VISITS STAGING AREAS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS (PDF, 7/10)

MEDIA ADVISORY – NO STATE BUILDING CLOSURES IN LEON COUNTY (PDF, 7/10)

SEOC TO PROVIDE PSA AND B-ROLL FEED (PDF, 7/10)

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/10)

HURRICANE DENNIS POWER BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/10)

HURRICANE STATEWIDE RESPONSE BRIEFING SHEET (PDF, 7/10)

PRESIDENT DISASTER DECLARATION REQUEST (PDF, 7/10)

MEDIA ADVISORY - STATE BUILDING CLOSURES (PDF, 7/10)

CORRESPONDENCE SENT TO GOVERNORS OF LA., MISS., ALA., and GA., RE INTERSTATE TRAVEL OF OVERSIZED TRUCKS (PDF, 7/10)

LT.GOVERNOR JENNINGS TO HOLD MEDIA AVAILABILITY (PDF, 7/10)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WARNS OF RISKS AFTER THE STORM (PDF, 7/9)

SEOC TO PROVIDE PSA AND B-ROLL FEED (PDF, 7/9)

DEP PROVIDES EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/9)

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD A MEDIA AVAILABILITY (PDF, 7/9)

HURRICANE DENNIS INFORMATION SHEET ** FLOODING (PDF, 7/9)

FLOOD WATERS POSE HEALTH RISKS (PDF, 7/9)

STANDING WATER DANGERS AFTER HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/9)

EPA GRANTS FUEL WAIVER FOR PANHANDLE WITH APPROACH OF
HURRICANE DENNIS
(PDF, 7/9)

FLORIDA EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINE NOW OPEN 24 HOURS (PDF, 7/9)

AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFERS SHELTERING TIPS (PDF, 7/8)

GOVERNOR BUSH TO HOLD A MEDIA AVAILABILITY (PDF, 7/8)

BRONSON ASKS RESIDENTS TO REPORT PRICE GOUGING (PDF, 7/8)

DCF RUSHES FOOD STAMPS AHEAD OF HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/8)

WALTON COUNTY STATE PARKS CLOSE (PDF, 7/8)

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS (PDF, 7/8)

MEDIA ADVISORY - STATE BUILDING CLOSURES (PDF, 7/8)

FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD IS READY FOR HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/8)

FLORIDA EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINE ACTIVATED (PDF, 7/8)

GALLAGHER SAYS HMOS, HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL BE FLEXIBLE ON PRESCRIPTION REFILLS (PDF, 7/7)

HURRICANE DENNIS INFORMATION SHEETS (7/7)

AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION MAKES PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AVAILABLE FOR MEDICAID PARTICIPANTS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE DENNIS (PDF, 7/7)

Four London Blasts Kill 40, Injured 300 (PDF, 7/7)

FEMA Approves $320 Million for Florida Hazard Mitigation (PDF, 7/7)

Cindy Moving Inland Over Southwestern Alabama (PDF, 7/5)

Cindy Strengthens as it Heads Toward the North-Central Gulf Coast (PDF, 7/5)

Public Assistance Waiver Request Form Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne (6/30)

Proposed Changes to Rule 9G-19 Relating to the Local EMPA Trust Fund Programs (6/23)

Health Officials Warn of Carbon Monoxide Dangers (6/11)

Agency for Health Care Administration Makes Prescription Drugs Available For Medicaid Participants Impacted by Tropical Storm Arlene ( 6/11)

Tropical Storm Arlene Enters the Gulf (PDF, 6/10)

Tropical Storm Arlene Forms in the Caribbean(PDF, 6/9)

Special Needs Shelters Memorandum (PDF, 6/6)

Rip Current Awareness Week June 5-11, 2005 (6/5)

Updated 2005 Hurricane Season Forecast from Dr. Gray (5/31)

Director Fugate's Letter on the Start of the 2005 Season (PDF, 5/25)

Emergency Managers Applaud Sales Tax Holiday For Hurricane Preparedness (PDF, 5/23)

Governor Bush Signs Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Legislation June 1 through 12, 2005 (PDF, 5/23)

Federal SAFER Grants Available (5/2)

Statement By: Governor Jeb Bush Regarding Awarding Florida's Distinguished Service Medal to Director Craig Fugate (4/27)

Flood Mitigation Assistance Program Application Deadline is May 31, 2005 (4/21)

Director Fugate's Response to Dr Gray's Seasonal Forecast (PDF, 4/5)

Dr. Bill Gray Forecasts 13 Named Storms, 7 Hurricanes, and 3 Major Hurricanes for the 2005 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Basin (PDF, 4/5)

North Florida and Panhandle Residents Urged to Monitor Flooding Conditions (4/1)

DEM Director Fugate and FEMA's Bill Carwile to Share the 2005 NEIL Frank Achievement Award (PDF, 3/28)

Flood Safety Awareness Week March 21-25, 2005 (3/18)

Extension of HMGP Application Submittal Deadline (3/2)

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Deadline Extended (3/1)

Long Term Recovery Initiatives (PDF, 3/1)

2005 Hazardous Weather Awareness
Press Event at the Capital Photos (2/22)
Poster Contest Photos (2/22)
Poster Contest Winners Announced (PDF, 2/21)
Governor's Hazardous Weather Awareness Proclamation (PDF, 2/21)
Hazardous Weather Awareness Week Events Calendar (PDF, 2/21)
Download the Hazardous Weather Guide (PDF, 2/21)

Results/Scoring of Proposed SFY 2004-2006 RCMP Projects. (PDF, 2/14)

Governor Bush and Executive Command Staff Participate in Annual Homeland Security Exercise (PDF, 2/11)

Six Months After Hurricane Charley Assistance Continues to Flow to Floridians Two Weeks Left to Apply For Aid (PDF, 2/10)

2005 Hazardous Materials Awareness Week Announced (PDF, 1/26)

Governor Bush Proclaims January 23-29 as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week With approximately 10,000 facilities throughout the State of Florida reporting the use of hazardous substances and more than 1,300 hazardous materials incidents reported within the state annually, the DEM and the State Emergency Response Commission encourage people throughout the state to become aware of hazardous substances within their communities. Please visit the State Emergency Response Commission page for more information on hazardous materials planning and prevention. View the Proclamation. (PDF, 1/24)

The 2005 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Cycle is now Open ! (1/12)

HMGP Announces Dates of Benefit/Cost Analysis Training To register for a training session, please send an email to alvin.shipmon@EM.MyFlorida.com with your preferred location and number of people planning to attend. (PDF, 1/11)

2005 HAZARDOUS WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK POSTER CONTEST
     The 2005 Hazardous Weather Awareness Week Poster Contest is part of the activities surrounding the 2005 Hazardous Weather Awareness Week, which is the week of February 20-26. Any student in Florida that is enrolled in 4th or 5th grade is eligible to enter a poster into the contest. For rules, poster specifications, and prize information, please visit http://www.tallytown.com/redcross/hwaw.html

FDLE Warns of Tsunami E-mail Scams (PDF, 1/4)

* For Inquiries About Those Affected by Earthquake and Tsunamis in the Bay of Bengal, follow this link .

Tips on Relief Donations for International Disasters

Residential Construction Mitigation Program (RCMP) Notice of Funding Availability 2004-2006 (PDF, revised 12/17)
* RCMP Application Package PDF | Word (revised 12/17)

Florida Receives Top Rankings in Public Health Preparedness (PDF, 12/14)

State Officials Urge Floridians to Prepare for Colder Weather (PDF, 12/13)

Floridians Continue to Apply for Disaster Aid (PDF, 12/9)
* Individual Assistance Statistics, By County (PDF, 12/8)

2004 Shelter Retrofit Report Published (PDF, 12/7)

Florida Cabinet Approves Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan (PDF, 12/7)

HMGP Announces the Dates of the Application Development Workshops (PDF, 11/24)

DEM Announces the availability of HMGP funds as a result of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne ( 3.76MB PDF, 11/19)

FEMA and State Building Nine Mobile Home Parks (PDF, 11/12)

Floridians Log On To Disaster Housing Resource Website (PDF, 11/06)

 

NOAA Map of the Forecast Area
FLOOD WATCHES CONTINUED INTO THURSDAY FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA (08/06/2004)
- National Weather Service Forecast Office - Tampa Bay, FL
- Flood Watch Statement and Weather Synopsis for Area

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #2 HAS DEGENERATED INTO A TROPICAL WAVE (08/06/2004)
- The National Hurricane Center

FIRST HURRICANE OF 2004 FORECAST TRACK
HURRICANE ALEX REACHES CATEGORY 2 STRENGTH AS IT IMPACTS THE NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS (08/04/2004)
- The National Hurricane Center

ALEX BECOMES FIRST HURRICANE OF THE 2004 SEASON. HURRICANE WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH CAROLINA COAST. RIP CURRENT THREAT CONTINUES AS THE HURRICANE MOVES NORTHWARD.(08/03/2004)
-The National Hurricane Center
-Press Release

Lightning Safety Awareness LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS (07/19/2004)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides suggested daily topics, resources, and links to related organizations through the NOAA web site. This site also includes handouts, indoor and outdoor safety tips, medical facts, history, survivor stories, photos, teacher tools, and more.
- Lightning Awareness

THE 2004 CAPITAL AREA YOUTH DISASTER COLLEGE (07/19/2004)
The 2004 Capital Area Youth Disaster College is scheduled for July 19 through 23 in Tallahassee. This week long learning opportunity for young people 14 through 18 years old is FREE of charge for participants. For additional information on this week of disaster field trips, training and team building activities or to register please visit the Capital Area Chapter Red Cross Web Site.

THE FLOOD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM'S APPLICATION CYCLE CLOSES SOON (06/27/2004)
***Deadline June 30, 2004***

NATIONAL MUTUAL AID AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE UNDERTAKEN BY FEMA TO SUPPORT NIMS(06/27/2004)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WIND ENGINEERING FEATURES FLORIDA'S HURRICANE SHELTER EVALUATION PROGRAM IN NEWSLETTER(06/27/2004)

**FLORIDA DIVISION OF FORESTRY UPDATES WILDFIRE SEASON FORECAST**(06/27/2004)
- Wildfire Season Forecast
- Wildfire Information
- Wildfire Safety Actions

2004 HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE (06/22/2004)
-
Are You Prepared?

THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (EMI) HAS RELEASED A NEW NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE (06/22/2004)

DR. WILLIAM GRAY'S 2004 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON FORECAST: 14 NAMED STORMS, 8 HURRICANES, 3 INTENSE HURRICANES (CATEGORY 3 OR GREATER) (06/22/2004)
Information obtained through March 2004 indicates that the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season will be an active one. The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall is estimated to be 40 percent above the long-period average.
- Dr. Gray's Forecast
- Comments from Director Fugate Regarding Dr.Gray's Forecast

FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS EXTREME SOUTHERN LEON COUNTY NEAR EIGHT MILE POND (06/16/2004)
Recent heavy rainfall from the past two days is generating high flows in the Munson Slough Drainage. Ground water levels are already high.
- Southeast River Forecast Center Observed Rainfall
- Flood Safety


FLOOD WATCHES ISSUED FOR THE PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND
(06/15/2004)
A weak tropical disturbance located in the central Gulf of Mexico is pumping tropical moisture northward into the state's panhandle and big bend regions. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for these areas, where widespread rainfall amounts up to three inches, with locally heavier totals, are possible through the evening hours on Monday. The tropical disturbance is expected to move northward towards the central Gulf Coast States this evening. Further tropical development is possible before this system moves onshore by Tuesday morning.

A BRUSH FIRE OF 3,000 ACRES HAS SPREAD INTO BRADFORD COUNTY(06/04/2004)
A large brush fire near the Santa Fe Swamp in Bradford County is not under control.
- Bradford County Wildfire Flash Report

THE STATE CITIZEN CORPS/COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) OFFICE HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT UPDATING THE PROGRESS OF FY04 CITIZEN CORPS COUNCIL AND CERT SUB-GRANTS (06/02/2004)
- Citizen Corps
- CERT

FLORIDA HURRICANE AWARENESS WEEK 2004 (06/01/2004)
- National Hurricane Preparedness Week
- Hurricane Awareness Week Announcement
- Proclamation by the President : National Hurricane Preparedness Week

FLORIDIANS URGED TO TAKE ACTION BEFORE ACTIVE HURRICANE SEASON (06/01/2004)
- Action Day Announcement

STATEWIDE HURRICANE EXERCISE CONDUCTED MAY 3-7 (06/01/2004)
The Division of Emergency Management, along with participating counties and state agencies conducted the annual Statewide Hurricane Exercise MAY 3-7. This year's storm was named Hurricane Zane and was modeled after a historical hurricane that made landfall in the State.
- Hurricane Zane Exercise Press Release
- Hurricane Zane Exercise EOC Page
- Hurricane Zane Exercise Information
- **Hurricane Zane Exercise Photos**

18th ANNUAL GOVERNOR'S HURRICANE CONFERENCE MAY 24 - MAY 28 (06/01/2004)
- 2004 Governor's Hurricane Conference Announcement

**MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY SAFETY URGED TO BEACHGOERS** (06/01/2004)
- Rip Current Safety

TWO NEW FEMA INDEPENDENT STUDY ON-LINE COURSES NOW AVAILABLE: INTRO TO REP EXERCISE EVALUATION (IS-331) AND MULTI-HAZARD EMERGENCY PLANNING FOR SCHOOLS (IS-362) (05/21/2004)
- List of all FEMA EMI Independent Courses

GOVERNOR BUSH SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING THE REMOVAL OF DAMAGED TIMBER IN NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA (05/13/2004)
- Executive Order Scanned PDF
- Executive Order Text Version

STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMISSION ADOPTS NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) (05/05/2004)
- SERC NIMS Resolution
- SERC NIMS Press Release

OPERATION LIBERTY SHIELD FUNDING **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 30** FOR LIBERTY SHIELD REIMBURSEMENTS (05/05/2004)
- Liberty Shield Reimbursement Extended Press Release
- Operation Liberty Shield Information

THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION IN FUNDING TO ASSIST ORGANIZATIONS ENGAGING VOLUNTEERS IN HOMELAND SECURITY (04/26/2004)
**Applications are due at The Corporation for National and Community Service by 5pm, Friday, April 23.**
- CNS Press Release
- Visit The Corporation for National and Community Service homepage

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TOM RIDGE APPROVES NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) (04/21/2004)

SEVERE WEATHER CAUSES DAMAGE TO SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE (04/19/2004)
- Severe Weather Damage Flash Report

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS (03/22/2004)
- State Emergency Response Commission
- Hazardous Materials Information
- Download the Hazardous Materials Citizen's Guide

Torry the Tornado, Hazardous Weather Awareness

BAKER AND COLUMBIA COUNTY WILDFIRES (03/18/2004)
- Flash Report 3/12/2004
- Flash Report 3/10/2004

WE ARE UPGRADING OUR WEB SITE. YOU WILL NOTICE SOME CHANGES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. WE ARE ADDING A SEARCH ENGINE AND CHANGING OUR DESIGN SO THAT WE ARE MORE COMPLIANT WITH SECTION 508 WEB STANDARDS AND TO MAKE OUR SITE MORE USER FRIENDLY. PLEASE BE PATIENT DURING THIS TRANSITION. THANKS! IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS, PLEASE EMAIL US.

** FUNDING AVAILABILITY FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY REIMBURSEMENT, APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE RECENT "ORANGE ALERT" EVENT IS MARCH 1, 2004 ** (03/02/2004)
- Operation Liberty Shield Reimbursement Information
- Reimbursement Press Release

SEVERE WEATHER MAY HAVE SPAWNED SEVERAL TORNADOES ON FEBRUARY 24, 2004 (03/01/2004)

Statewide Tornado Drill Postponed ** STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL POSTPONED ** (02/27/2004)
The Statewide Tornado Drill previously scheduled for Wednesday, February 25th has been rescheduled for Friday the 27th. The Friday Tornado Drill will be conducted in the same manner as was scheduled for Wednesday, beginning at 9am.
- Tornado Drill Postponed Press Release

FEDERAL REGISTER UPDATES: DISASTER RECOVERY THRESHOLDS AND INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS PROGRAM ASSISTANCE ADJUSTED (02/23/2004)
The changes posted in the Federal Register are effective **October 15, 2003**
- More Information on the Federal Register Changes
- Disaster Threshold Information and Tools

FLU SEASON IS HERE (02/23/2004)
- Information from the Florida Department of Health

STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER HOSTS THE 2004 EXECUTIVE TABLETOP EXERCISE (02/23/2004)
- Press Release
- Media Fact Sheet
- Exercise Photos

**THE DEADLINE FOR 04-05 EMPG COMPETITIVE GRANT APPLICATIONS IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10th at 4 p.m.** (02/11/2004)
For more information please go to http://www.floridadisaster.org/cps/grants.htm

THE FY04 CERT AND CITIZEN CORPS SUB-GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD IS UNDERWAY. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 6, 2004 AT 4:30 PM. (02/07/2004)
- Citizen Corps
- CERT

COLD HIGH PRESSURE DOME BRINGS FREEZING TEMPERATURES INTO INTERIOR CENTRAL FLORIDA (01/29/2004)
A cold dome of high pressure will settle over north Florida on Wednesday evening. Diminishing winds and clear skies will result in one of the coldest nights of the winter tonight, and Hard Freeze Warnings have been posted for much of interior north Florida. Near freezing temperatures and scattered frost are expected towards sunrise across interior central Florida. Residents should practice the "5 P's" of Cold Weather Preparedness tonight to remain safe during this brief cold snap. Those actions include protecting People, protecting Plants, protecting Pets, protecting exposed Pipes, and Practicing fire safety
.
- Florida's Hazardous Weather Outlooks

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY LOWERS THREAT LEVEL TO ELEVATED (YELLOW) (01/18/2004)
- Department of Homeland Security Website
- Flash Report
- Press Release

January 2003 Executive Briefing - (15.6 MB MS PowerPoint) (01/14/2004)

Hurricane Season 2003 - Director Fugate's Presentation (3.67 MB PowerPoint) (01/14/2004)

Governor's Hurricane Conference Senior Leadership Briefing (7 MB PowerPoint) (01/14/2004)

GOVERNOR BUSH AND THE FLORIDA CABINET RECOGNIZE THE NATIONAL ACCREDITATION OF FLORIDA'S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (01/06/2004)
- Press Release
- View the Resolution
- EMAP Press Release 09/04/03

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RAISES NATIONAL THREAT LEVEL TO HIGH (ORANGE) (01/06/2004)
- Department of Homeland Security website
- How Should Florida Prepare for Terrorism?
- Flash Report , Press Release
12/21/2003

- U.S. Boosts Security for New Year's Eve (01/02/2004)

"LAST MINUTE" HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FROM DEM(12/27/2003)
- Practical gifts and holiday safety tips for all

STATE OFFICIALS URGE FLORIDIANS TO PREPARE FOR COLD WEATHER (12/23/2003)
- Press Release

Tropical Storm Odette Projected Track 4PM Friday, Click for Larger Image
TROPICAL STORM ODETTE STALLS, EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TOWARD HISPANIOLA ACCOMPANIED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS (12/07/2003)
At 1 PM Saturday, the center of Tropical Storm Odette was located about 40 miles southwest of Isla Beata on the Dominican Republic's southern coast. Odette has stalled and is expected to begin moving towards the northeast near 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph, and some further strengthening is possible before Odette impacts Hispaniola on Saturday evening. Odette is not a direct threat to the state of Florida.

- National Hurricane Center
- Hurricane Awareness
- Flash Report 10 AM Thursday

HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS FROM THE TSA (TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION) (12/02/2003)
The Thanksgiving holidays usher in the busiest travel time of the year, be prepared! PLANNING A TRIP? Here are some items passengers may not carry into the passenger cabin: scissors, knives, baseball bats, pool cues, gun powder, flammable aerosol products, Mace/pepper spray, martial-arts weapons, hammers, any explosive materials, stun guns or dangerous chemicals. Items that may be placed in checked baggage include firearms, martial-arts weapons, box cutters, sports equipment, Mace/pepper spray, tools and live ammunition.
Visit the Transportation Security Administration Web site for answers to questions about which items are allowed on board, which must be in checked baggage and which are barred.

MUCH COLDER WEATHER EXPECTED TO PLUNGE INTO FLORIDA FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND (12/01/2003)
A strong cold front will push through the state on Friday, with the coldest weather of the season expected statewide this weekend. Breezy northerly winds could drive wind chills below freezing into north central Florida overnight on Friday. High pressure will build over the state on Saturday, with widespread freezing temperatures and a heavy frost possible over north and north central Florida by Sunday morning. Residents and visitors to the state should practice the "5 P's" of cold weather safety this weekend. The "5 P’s" are: Protecting People, Protecting Plants, Protecting Pets, Protecting Exposed Pipes, and Practicing Fire Safety. For more information on cold weather safety and the latest weather outlooks from the National Weather Service, please visit the links provided below. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!
-
Cold Weather Safety Actions
- Florida Hazardous Weather Outlooks

2003 HURRICANE SEASON ENDS SUNDAY (12/01/2003)
State emergency management officials note that even though Florida was spared from the impacts of a major storm, 11 counties received a federal disaster declaration due to the tropical rains and flooding that occurred throughout the summer.
- Press Release

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY RIDGE APPROVES NATIONAL RESPONSE PLAN(11/24/2003)
- Department of Homeland Security Announcement

STATE OFFICIALS URGE RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR COLDER TEMPERATURES (11/16/2003)
Officials are urging residents to check their heating appliances, smoke detectors and chimneys in preparation for colder temperatures across areas of the state beginning tonight. By taking basic safety precautions, residents can reduce their chances of fire, property damage and loss of life.
- Cold Weather Announcement
- Cold Weather Information

SBA REMINDS OF NOVEMBER 10 DISASTER LOAN APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR PALM BEACH TORNADOES THAT OCCURED AUGUST 7, 2003 (11/11/2003)
- SBA Press Releas
e

STATE OF FLORIDA RECEIVES FULL ACCREDITATION! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND TO ALL EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTION MEMBERS! Press Release (11/11/2003)

CURRENT ISSUES IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES(11/10/2003)
- Conference Information
- CIEM Slideshow HTML , MS PowerPoint (23.5 MB)

2003 SHELTER RETROFIT REPORT(11/10/2003)
On September 2, 2003, the Department of Community Affairs released its annual Shelter Retrofit Report which identifies cost-effective mitigation projects to help eliminate the statewide hurricane evacuation shelter deficit. It also identifies the successes we have had in creating shelter space in the past.
- DEM Critical Infrastructure/Engineers Link to Report
- Press Release

NON-TROPICAL LOW PRESSURE CENTER MOVING THROUGH THE CENTRAL GULF(11/05/2003)
Breezy conditions and scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop over the inland areas in the western Florida panhandle. A high risk of rip currents and rough seas are expected along Florida's panhandle coast during the next few days. Onshore winds along the state's Atlantic coast will also maintain a threat of rip currents during the next several days.
- Florida Hazardous Weather Outlook
- National Hurricane Center

DEADLINE FOR "OPERATION LIBERTY SHIELD" REIMBURSEMENT EXTENDED TO **OCTOBER 31**(11/04/2003)
FUNDING AVAILABILITY FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY REIMBURSEMENT DURING OPERATION LIBERTY SHIELD, MARCH 17 TO APRIL 16, 2003
- Operation Liberty Shield Reimbursement

RIP CURRENT RISK FOR EAST COAST BEACHES (11/03/2003)
Strong northeast winds will produce rough surf and swells along Florida's east coast beaches this weekend. Check with lifeguards about ocean hazards before entering the water. Remember...Even strong swimmers can be overcome by the pull of a rip current.
- Florida Hazardous Weather Outlooks
- Rip Current Safety

**TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT ON TUESDAY EVENING FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST FLORIDA**(10/29/2003)
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch, effective until 10 PM EST, for portions of north central and northeast Florida. A tornado watch means that conditions in and close to the watch region are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. A surface low pressure center will move onshore from the Gulf of Mexico along the southeast big bend coast this evening. A line of thunderstorms moving onshore from the Gulf will be capable of producing severe weather across north central and northeast Florida during the evening hours.
- Storm Prediction Center Watches
- Florida Weather Warnings

SUMMER FLOODING - SBA DISASTER LOAN APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS **OCTOBER 27** FOR CITRUS, MANATEE, PASCO, DESOTO, HARDEE, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, LEVY, MARION, PINELLAS, POLK, SARASOTA AND SUMTER COUNTIES (10/28/2003)
- SBA Press Release

A STRONG SOLAR FLARE STORM TO HIT THE EARTH TODAY (10/27/2003)
A strong geomagnetic storm was expected to hit Earth on Friday with the potential to affect electrical grids and satellite communications. One of the largest sunspot clusters in years developed over the past three days and produced a coronal mass ejection, similar to a solar flare, at 3 a.m. EDT Wednesday, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The disturbance was expected to produce a geomagnetic storm rated G3. A G5 storm is the strongest.
It is extremely important for Emergency Managers to test all communications and other electronic information collection systems throughout this afternoon.
- http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=61839

- http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/10/24/solar.forecast/
- http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0310/23spacestorm/
- http://www.cellular-news.com/story/9978.shtml
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3210901.stm

HOW CAN FLORIDIANS BEST HELP THE VICTIMS OF ISABEL? Press Release (10/13/2003)
- Disaster Relief
- Isabel Hotline Numbers

TROPICAL STORM MINDY (10/13/2003)
Tropical Storm Mindy forms Friday afternoon off the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Mindy has maximum winds of 40 mph and modest strengthening is possible. The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center keeps Mindy on a northward course through this weekend with a gradual turn towards the northeast. Mindy is forecast to stay east of the Bahamas and therefore not directly threaten Florida.
- National Hurricane Center
- See Mindy's Forecast Track

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK IN FLORIDA, OCTOBER 5-11, 2003 (10/13/2003)
- Public Announcement
- Florida State Fire Marshal Web Site

FLORIDA SENDS RECOVERY PERSONNEL TO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES (10/07/2003)
-
Virginia Press Release
-
North Carolina Press Release
- Photos

SBA TO CLOSE DISASTER ASSISTANCE OFFICE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 (10/06/2003)
- Press Release

TROPICAL STORM LARRY DRIFTING SOUTHWESTWARD (10/05/2003)
Tropical Storm Larry continues to drift southwestward in the Bay of Campeche. Larry's center is located about 110 miles to the east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, near 19.9 N Latitude and 94.7 Longitude. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph. Larry could slowly strengthen as it drifts towards the Mexican coastline later this weekend.
- National Hurricane Center

- Press Release10/02/03

FLOOD WATCHES CONTINUE FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA Current NWS Information (09/30/2003)
A stalled cold front over central Florida will combine with deep tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to generate periods of heavy rain through Wednesday. General rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected with localized amounts higher possible.
- Flood Hazards

FLORIDA RECEIVES SBA DISASTER LOAN ASSISTANCE TO AID VICTIMS OF THE TORNADOES ON AUGUST 7, 2003 IN PALM BEACH COUNTY State EOC Page (09/29/2003)

SBA TO CLOSE DISASTER ASSISTANCE OFFICES IN CITRUS AND PASCO COUNTIES ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 State EOC Page (09/27/2003)
- Press Release

FLORIDA SENDS EMERGENCY MANAGERS TO WASHINGTON D.C. IN ADVANCE OF HURRICANE ISABEL Press Release (09/22/2003)

SBA DISASTER DECLARATION FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FLOODING State EOC Page (09/19/2003)

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PARTNER WITH WINN-DIXIE STORES TO PROVIDE FLORIDIANS VALUABLE HURRICANE INFORMATION More...(09/19/2003)
- Prepare and Stay Aware
- Disaster Supply Kit Checklist and Scavenger Hunt

HURRICANE ISABEL STRIKES NORTH CAROLINA (09/19/2003)
As of 11 am Thursday, Isabel was located 55 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and was moving northwest at 18 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Marine interests and beachgoers should use caution as large sea swells; rough surf and dangerous rip currents are possible along the Florida's East Coast through Friday.

- National Hurricane Center
- See Isabel's Track
- Are You Prepared?

In Memory of September 11, 2001

GOVERNOR JEB BUSH HAS ISSUED A PROCLAMATION IN RECOGNITION OF PATRIOT DAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2003. IN OBSERVANCE OF THIS DAY, HE ASKS THAT ALL FLAGS ON STATE PROPERTY BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF. (09/11/2003)
- Governor's Proclamation

FLORIDA OFFICIALS MONITOR NORTHEAST POWER OUTAGE, PREPARED TO RESPOND More...
- DEM Informative White Paper on Florida's Power
- Help Shape Florida's Energy Future - Participate in a DEP Public Workshop

GOVERNOR BUSH UNVEILS EMAIL AMBER ALERT SYSTEM TO HELP FIND FLORIDA'S MISSING CHILDREN More... (09/09/2003)

TROPICAL DEPRESSION HENRI State EOC Page (09/08/2003)
All Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued for Florida.
At 5 AM Sunday, the circulation center of Tropical Depression Henri was located about 135 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. The center is now moving northeastward at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 30 mph and the minimum central pressure has risen to 1008 mb.
- National Hurricane Center Website
- Florida Watches and Warnings
- Flood Safety Tips and Information

POWERFUL FABIAN FORECAST TO TURN NORTHWESTWARD (09/03/2003)
Hurricane Fabian remains a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. Fabian is moving towards the west-northwest at 12 mph, and the hurricane is expected to turn northwestward over the next 24 hours. At this time, Fabian is not a direct threat to Florida.
- Latest Tropical Outlook From the National Hurricane Center
- Fabian's Projected Track
Remember: It is Hurricane Season... Prepare and Stay Aware.

HOLIDAY SAFETY URGED TO BEACHGOERS More... (09/02/2003)
State and local emergency officials want all residents and visitors to Florida’s beaches to enjoy the "fun in the sun," but remind all to observe basic safety rules when in the water.
Basic Safety Rules for Rip Currents:
1) Always use the "buddy-system" and know your ability as a swimmer.
2) If caught in a rip current, remain calm. Rip currents generally abate in several yards.
3) When free of the out flow, swim parallel to the shore, then swim in to safe waters.
4) Obey all local rules and observe any posted warnings.

GOVERNOR BUSH REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION TO AID VICTIMS OF THE TORNADOES ON AUGUST 7, 2003 IN PALM BEACH COUNTY More... (08/29/2003)
- Governor Bush's Presidential Disaster Declaration Request , Media Release
- Lt. Governor Jennings Surveys Damage
- Assessment Teams Damage Photos
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Examples of FEMA Disaster Classifications for Palm Beach Damage

FLORIDA CITIZEN CORPS TASK FORCE INAUGURAL MEETING TUESDAY AUGUST 18, 2003 More...(08/26/2003)
- Meeting Photos

TROPICAL DEPRESSION DOWNGRADED TO TROPICAL WAVE More...(08/25/2003)
A reconnaissance plane indicated Friday that the tropical depression south of Hispaniola had degenerated into a tropical wave. The National Hurricane Center will issue no more advisories for this system unless regeneration occurs.
- Flash Report #1

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Are You Prepared?

STATE LEADERS PROVIDE UPDATE ON FLORIDA'S DOMESTIC SECURITY STRATEGY AND PREPAREDNESS More... (08/18/2003)

OPERATION LIBERTY SHIELD CONTRACTS SENT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ON JULY 23, 2003 More... (08/18/2003)

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY - CERT(08/18/2003)
The Department of Community Affairs announces the release of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year 2003-2004 application cycle for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) competitive sub-grant funding from the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. ***Application deadline is August 15, 2003.*** More...
- Application

DR.WILLIAM GRAY UPDATES HIS FORECAST FOR THE 2003 HURRICANE SEASON More... (08/18/2003)

***DEADLINE FOR "OPERATION LIBERTY SHIELD" REIMBURSEMENT EXTENDED TO JULY 15 More... (07/16/2003)
FUNDING AVAILABILITY FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY REIMBURSEMENT DURING OPERATION LIBERTY SHIELD, MARCH 17 TO APRIL 16, 2003
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BILL EXPECTED TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS OVER PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES More... (07/01/2003)
Tropical depression Bill is forecast to move through Alabama today, but bands of showers and thunderstorms will move across north Florida throughout today and tonight. Expect heavy rains and possibly severe weather associated with these storms. Gusty winds and isolated tornadoes are possible. A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Big Bend and parts of the Panhandle until 5pm edt and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for those counties west of the Apalachicola River until 5pm edt.
- Flash Report
- Current Media Release

Lightning Strikes!

NATIONAL LIGHTNING AWARENESS WEEK - June 22-28, 2003 More... (07/01/2003)
- Governor's Proclamation
- When A Thunderstorm Strikes by David H. Levy
- Lightning Safety

FLORIDA'S REQUEST FOR A SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) DISASTER DECLARATION HAS BEEN APPROVED(06/26/2003)
- Flash Report 6/06/03
- Storm Total Rainfall Radar Image

EMERGENCY LOANS MADE AVAILABLE FROM FARM SERVICE AGENCY FOR NORTH FLORIDA More... (06/26/2003)

PRESIDENT BUSH DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER FOR MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND THE STATE OF FLORIDA More... (06/26/2003)
-*** JUNE 24 is the last day to register for Disaster Aid More... ***
-The Toll-Free Tele-registration number for disaster victims: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTD phone number 1-800-462-7585.

SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME (SARS)(06/26/2003) More...

LAKE MANATEE DAM (06/24/2003)
Rain and flooding continues in the Central Gulf Coast Counties.
- Current Situation Report
- Flash Report
- Media Release #2

NATIONAL HURRICANE AWARENESS (06/18/2003)
WILLIAM GRAY AND COLORADO STATE TEAM SLIGHTLY INCREASE SEASONAL FORECAST:CALL FOR WELL ABOVE-AVERAGE STORM ACTIVITY IN 2003
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President's Proclamation**Governor's Proclamation

TROPICAL DEPRESSION 2 FORMS OVER THE MID ATLANTIC More... (06/12/2003)
- National Hurricane Center

THE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT LEVEL LOWERED TO ELEVATED (YELLOW) More... (06/09/2003)
- News Release

PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM UPDATES (06/09/2003)
- Proposed Grant
- Team Assignments
- Cost Analysis

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE FLORIDA SUN - MAY IS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH More... (05/29/2003)

NOAA FORECASTERS PREDICT ABOVE AVERAGE ACTIVITY FOR THE 2003 HURRICANE SEASON AS LA NIÑA DEVELOPS THIS SUMMER. (05/27/2003)
Top Hurricane experts from NOAA said the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season will likely have above normal levels of activity. The outlook calls for the potential of 11 to 15 tropical storms, with 6 to 9 hurricanes, and 2 to 4 classified as major hurricanes (category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale).
- NOAA's 2003 Hurricane Season Forecast Press Release
- NOAA's La Niña Press Release

STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM CONDUCTED ANNUAL STATEWIDE HURRICANE EXERCISE, MAY 12-16, 2003 More... (05/27/2003)
-The Hurricane Exercise is based on the 1926 Miami Hurricane. The Category 4 hurricane's eye moved directly over Miami Beach and downtown Miami during the morning hours of the 18th. This cyclone produced the highest sustained winds ever recorded in the United States at the time, and the barometric pressure fell to 27.61 inches as the eye passed over Miami. A storm surge of nearly 15 feet was reported in Coconut Grove. More...
- Comparison of 1926 Damage vs. Today's Predicted Damage
- Image of Simulated Path

- Pictures

SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME (SARS) More... (05/16/2003)
- First Probable SARS Case Reported in Florida

UPDATE TERRORISM: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY LOWERS THREAT LEVEL TO ELEVATED (YELLOW) More... (05/16/2003)
- Flash Report
- Press Release

Miami-Dade Tornadoes (05/16/2003)
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The Disaster Recovery Center Has New Hours More...
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Don't be a Victim Twice - Choose Contractors Carefully More...
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Careful Use of Disaster Checks Advised by State and Federal Officials More...
- SBA Release

GOVERNOR BUSH DECLARES HURRICANE AWARENESS WEEK May 18-24 More... (05/16/2003)
- Hurricane Awareness Week - Are You Prepared?

- Dr. Gray Updates Hurricane Forecast
- Editorial from Division Director Craig Fugate
- What do Seasonal Forecasts mean to Florida? - Dr. James Elsner, FSU
- Multi-Seasonal Forecasts

RAPID IMPACT ASSESSMENT TEAM (RIAT) TRAINING (05/16/2003)
- Photos

•GOVERNOR BUSH REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION AS A RESULT OF SEVERE FREEZE EVENTS THIS PAST WINTER More... (05/08/2003)
- SBA Declaration Release

2003 SHELTER RETROFIT REPORT SUBMISSIONS (05/08/2003)
The Division has announced that it is accepting submissions for the 2003 Shelter Retrofit Report. Submission packets have been sent to county emergency managers. They are also available online. Submission deadline: April 30, 2003. More...

NOTICE OF FUND AVAILABILITY (NOFA) - CITIZEN CORPS/COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS (CERT) FEMA FY02 SUPPLEMENTAL GRANT A FEMA FY02 Supplement Funded Grant for Citizen Corps and for CERT sub-grants has been approved by Congress. More... (04/24/2003)

•STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER HOSTS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AWARENESS COURSES More...(04/24/2003)
- Photos

•TROPICAL STORM ANA (04/24/2003)
Although hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, Tropical Storm Ana jumped the gun and developed as a subtropical cyclone on Sunday just to the southwest of Bermuda. Ana made the transition over to a tropical storm the morning of April 22, as the cyclone has continued on a brisk eastward motion into the central Atlantic. Maximum sustained winds have risen to 50 mph, but Ana is expected to weaken over the next few days over the open waters of the east-central Atlantic. Ana poses no threat to Florida.

•APRIL FREEZE(04/01/2003)
Freeze Warnings have been issued for inland sections of north and north central Florida west to the Apalachicola River overnight. Light winds and clear skies will allow temperatures to plummet this evening, with up to 2-4 hours of below freezing temperatures in the warning area expected after midnight. Near record cold temperatures are also expected over the rest of central and south Florida overnight tonight.
- Cold Weather Preparedness

•ANOTHER ROUND OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY, COLDER TEMPERATURES USHER IN APRIL(03/31/2003)
A strong cold front will move through the state over the weekend. As this frontal boundary moves through central and southern sections of the state on Sunday, strong and isolated severe thunderstorms are in the forecast. Behind the front, scattered frost is a possibility in the panhandle on Tuesday morning.
- Storm Prediction Center's Thunderstorm Outlooks

•REPORTED TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS IN BAY, JACKSON, AND VOLUSIA COUNTIES More... (03/27/2003)

Department of Homeland Security Announces Opening of Grant Application Process For Firefighter Assistance Grants

STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS AND REGIONAL DOMESTIC SECURITY TASK FORCES PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION "DARK CLOUD" More... (03/21/2003)
- Redcross Site

FLOODING CAUSES BAKER, COLUMBIA, LEON, LIBERTY, SUWANNEE, TAYLOR, UNION AND WAKULLA COUNTIES TO DECLARE LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY More... (03/20/2003)

HAZARDOUS WEATHER AWARENESS (03/11/2003)
"Hazardous Weather Awareness" teaches Floridians about the dangers of hazardous weather and how to be prepared by developing plans to respond to them.
- Download Hazardous Weather Awareness Guide
- 2003 Poster Contest Winners Announced
- Poster Contest Judging - Red Cross Web site

STORM’S 10th ANNIVERSARY RECALLS NEARLY $110 MILLION IN FEDERAL/STATE DISASTER ASSISTANCE (03/11/2003)
Ten years ago this coming week, the “No Name Storm,” with its hurricane-force winds and a tidal surge as high as 12 feet in some places, hit the Florida’s central Gulf Coast on March 13, 1993. The storm caused the death of 26 people statewide, damaged or destroyed approximately 18,000 homes and caused more than $500 million in property damage.
- Press Release
- Storm Cost Matrix

2003 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES REPORT (03/11/2003)
The Division has submitted it's biennial report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House. View Report PDF

•GOVERNOR BUSH AND EXECUTIVE STAFF PARTICIPATE IN TERRORISM EXERCISE FEBRUARY 26, 2003 (03/10/2003)
Florida's top officials, federal, state and local agencies gathered at the State Emergency Operations Center to exercise roles and responsibilities with a simulated terrorist event involving Miami-Dade and Orange counties.
- Photos

•THE COLUMBIA SHUTTLE RECOVERY EFFORT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER 30 DAYS (03/10/2003)
If you believe you have found material from the Shuttle Columbia, please contact your local law enforcement office or call NASA at 1-866-446-6603.

•FLORIDA TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF NIGHTCLUB FIRE IN RHODE ISLAND (03/10/2003)
Volunteer Florida officials to help establish Disaster Service Center to coordinate aid to survivors. More...

FLORIDA'S 2002-2003 DRY SEASON (02/25/2003)
The latest outlook for Florida’s 2002-2003 Dry Season is for above normal “Storminess” (8 or 9 storms). More..

•Risk of Severe Weather on Saturday...The Storm Prediction Center has included north and central Florida in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms on Saturday and into Saturday evening. Severe thunderstorms can produce damaging winds in excess of 58 mph, hail 3/4" or larger in diameter, deadly lightning, heavy downpours, and tornadoes. (02/24/2003)
- Florida Hazardous Weather Outlooks
- Storm Prediction Center Outlooks
- Florida Severe Weather Watches

•THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS INITIATED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR COUNTY HEALTH PERSONNEL AND HOSPITAL RESPONSE TEAMS (02/19/2003)
- Flash Report (02/10/2003)
- Operation Vaccinate Florida Update (02/14/2003)

WILDFIRE THREAT INCREASES (02/19/2003)
Freezes have increased the amount of dry fuels, resulting in an increasing fire threat as the dry conditions persist.

- Division of Forestry's Wildfire Season Forecast
- Are You Firewise Florida?

•CURRENT INFORMATION REGARDING THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA CAN BE FOUND AT NASA'S WEBSITE. (02/07/03)
- Residents are asked to contact the State Warning Point at 1(800) 320-0519 or call the Florida Emergency Hotline at 1(800) 525-5555 if you find debris, or have photos or videos so that we may relay the information to NASA. If you find debris, please do not touch it.
- More debris located, nose cone found. More...(02/03/2003)
- Governor Jeb Bush's Statement (02/01/2003)
- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR NAMED (02/01/2003)
Congress confirmed former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as the director of the newly formed department.

FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM FULLY REAUTHORIZED (02/01/2003)
FEMA News release January 13, 2003. More..

WINTRY COLD PDF (01/30/03)
Hard freezes are forecast for north Florida with low wind chills expected throughout the State. Residents and visitors to the State should practice the "Five P's" of Cold Weather Safety. For more information and tips on Cold Weather safety, please visit the Cold Weather action box in the middle of this page. More..
- Florida Automated Weather Network (real-time agricultural weather information)
- Flash Report (01/24/03) PDF
- Governor's Executive Order PDF
- Situation Report (01/24/03) PDF

FEMA answers questions on NFIP status (01/22/03)
These are initial Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). More..

$$ EMPA COMPETITIVE FUNDING DEADLINES: (01/22/03)
1/16/03 for on-line applications
1/21/03 for hard copy applications
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COLD TEMPERATURES RETURN THIS WEEKEND (01/21/03)
A cold arctic airmass is expected to move into Florida by the weekend. Hard freezes are forecast for north Florida with low wind chills expected throughout the State. Residents and visitors to the State should practice the "Five P's" of Cold Weather Safety. For more information and tips on Cold Weather safety, please visit the Cold Weather action box near the bottom of this page.

 

 

 


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