The Natural Hazards Unit administers the state's all-hazards planning programs. The goal of the unit is to ensure that the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) is prepared for prompt, efficient response and recovery to protect lives and property affected by disasters. Several planning programs are housed here:
A Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is an operations-oriented document that establishes the framework for an effective system to ensure that all counties within the State of Florida will be adequately prepared to deal with the occurrence of emergencies and disasters. The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan unites the efforts of state agencies, special districts, local governments and volunteer organizations for a comprehensive approach to reduce vulnerability to an array of identified hazards.
is an effort to ensure the continued performance of critical essential functions during a wide range of potential emergencies. The Continuity of Operations staff interacts with local and state agencies on a daily basis to make certain that those agencies are prepared to provide critical services in an environment that is threatened, diminished, or incapacitated.
An effective disaster response will always rely on adequate fuel supplies for both responders and citizens. Working with the Bureau of Response’s Infrastructure Section and Emergency Support Function 12 (Fuels) the Natural Hazards Unit develops and maintains plans and procedures to ensure an adequate supply of fuels to support emergency response and recovery operations. Working within the structure of the State CEMP, energy planners maintain an all hazards approach to energy emergency planning.