The mission of Hardee County Emergency Management is to provide a comprehensive and integrated emergency management system that coordinates community resources to protect lives, property and the environment through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from all natural and man-made hazards that may impact our county.
The goal of the Hardee County Emergency Management Agency is to educate the Citizens of Hardee County about their ongoing role in preparing for emergencies through educati on, community outreach and training. Through creating an increased emphasis on disaster preparedness, the Hardee County Emergency Management Office looks forward to reinforcing interdepartmental communications and cooperation throughout our County. By creating a community culture of preparedness and fostering partnerships with local public and private groups and businesses, it is our goal that Hardee County will work as community, with neighbor helping neighbor, when a disaster strikes.
The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for performing technical work in the development, implementation, and management of countywide disaster response, recovery, mitigation, risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness. The emergency management team manages and coordinates the Emergency Operations Center, with support from State and Federal organizations during times of emergency. The Office of Emergency Management provides countywide planning, training and exercise programs in order to be prepared for natural, technological, and/or man-made emergencies.
The development of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), and Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a cooperative effort with various local government entities, non-profit agencies, and faith based organizations. The CEMP provides guidance for how agencies will respond threats or actual disasters in Seminole County. The COOP addresses continuation of critical functions if damage to infrastructures occurs in an emergency. Finally, the LMS provides goals and objectives in an effort to strengthen critical infrastructure from all hazards.
The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for the development and maintenance of plans that include evacuation, disaster housing, emergency shelters, debris management, damage assessments, and homeland security. The Office also provides guidance to its municipalities and support agencies on the development of disaster management plans.
Teaching citizens how to prepare themselves for disasters is critical to the resilience of Hardee County. Emergency management staff is there to provide lectures to homeowners associations, faith-based organizations, businesses, and various institutions and associations. These workshops and seminars focus on disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation techniques. Throughout the year, the Office provides informational brochures and guides, establishes preparedness fairs and events, and produces public service announcements.
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