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State Watch Office

The State Watch Office operates 24/7, 365 days a year as a daily extension of the Florida State Emergency Operations Center. The State Watch Office monitors local, state, and national media as well as communicates with Florida’s counties and state agencies to ensure that the State Emergency Response Team is aware of any on-going or developing situations. The SWO maintains communications systems and warning capabilities to ensure that the state’s population and emergency management agencies are warned of developing emergency situations and can communicate emergency response decisions as mandated by § 252.35 F.S.

State Watch Office Fact Sheet

Effective July 1, 2020, §252.351 F.S. requires the Division to create a list of reportable incidents and requires political subdivisions to report incidents contained on the list to the State Watch Office. The list shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Major fires, including wildfires, commercial or multi-unit residential fires, or industrial fires
  • Search and rescue operations, including structure collapses or urban search and rescue responses
  • Bomb threats or threats to inflict harm on a large number of people or significant infrastructure, suspicious devices, or device detonations
  • Natural hazards and severe weather, including earthquakes, landslides, or ground subsidence or sinkholes
  • Public health and population protective actions, including public health hazards, evacuation orders, or emergency shelter openings
  • Animal or agricultural events, including suspected or confirmed animal diseases, suspected or confirmed agricultural diseases, crop failures, or food supply contamination
  • Environmental concerns, including an incident of reportable pollution release as required in s. 403.077(2)
  • Nuclear power plant events, including events in process or that have occurred which indicate a potential degradation of the level of safety of the plant or which indicate a security threat to facility protection
  • Major transportation events, including aircraft or airport incidents, passenger or commercial railroad incidents, major road or bridge closures, or marine incidents involving a blocked navigable channel of a major waterway
  • Major utility or infrastructure events, including dam failures or overtopping, drinking water facility breaches, or major utility outages or disruptions involving transmission lines or substations
  • Military events, when information regarding such activities are provided to a political subdivision

The full list of reportable incidents are as follows:




  • Fire (Wildland, Multi-Unit Residential,
    Commercial, Industrial)
  • Search & Rescue


  • Bomb Threat or Device
  • Civil Events, Disturbances, and Rioting
  • Law Enforcement Activity
  • Suspicious Activity
  • Mass Migration


  • Earthquake
  • Ground Subsidence / Sinkhole
  • Weather Reports (flooding, funnel clouds, etc.)
  • Severe Weather Damage


  • Public Health / Mass Casualty Incident
  • Population Protection, Evacuations, Shelters


  • Petroleum Spill
  • Wastewater Release
  • HAZMAT Spills & Releases and Chemical,            Biological, Radiological, & Nuclear Incidents
  • Environmental Crime
  • Nuclear Power Plant Event
  • Animal / Agriculture Issue


  • Aircraft / Airport
  • Road / Bridge Issue
  • Railroad Accidents or Derailment
  • Marine Incident (Transport, Recreation, or


  • Dam Failure / Overtopping
  • Drinking Water Facility Breach
  • Water Quality Issue or Boil Water Advisory
  • Utility Disruption or Emergency / Power Outage
  • 911 Disruption
  • Structural Integrity Issues


  • Ransomware
  • Attack/Breach of critical infrastructure


  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Military Activity

Last update: May 2024

View the State Watch Office Flip Book

§252.351 F.S. requires the Division create a list of reportable incidents and requires political subdivisions to report incidents contained on the list to the State Watch Office. The Division is required to update and distribute this list to political subdivisions by December 1 of each year. The below documents are formal notices of updates and additions to the list of mandatory reportable incidents.

2023: Reportable Incident Criteria Amendments

2022 Update: Reportable Incident Criteria Amendments

2021 Update: Reportable Incidents



To reach the State Watch Office, please call:

  • 1-800-320-0519
  • 850-815-4001

Or email:

Ian Guidicelli
Chief of Response

Amy Godsey
Chief State Meteorologist
State Watch Officer/Deputy Chief of Operations

Sam Walters
State Watch Officer/Deputy Chief of Operations

Woody Harvey
State Watch Officer/Deputy Chief of Operations

Caitlyn Gillespie
Deputy State Meteorologist
State Watch Officer

Jeremy Whitt
Operations Duty Officer

Benjamin Mauro
Operations Duty Officer

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