General Information

Welcome
Welcome
Alachua County Emergency Management is a value driven organization committed to the development and sustainment of a disaster resilient community through the engagement of our whole population.  Alachua County Emergency Management will establish an innovative, progressive, all hazards and risk based Emergency Management program that will be a recognized leader in the State of Florida and the Nation.
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Background
Background

Florida Statute Chapter 252 (Florida Emergency Management Act) requires Counties to:

  • establish and maintain…an emergency management agency that has jurisdiction over and serve an entire county
  • develop a county emergency management plan and program that is coordinated and consistent with the state comprehensive emergency management plan and program.

Alachua County Emergency Management is a division of County Fire Rescue. Emergency Management is responsible for the organization, administration, and operation of the emergency management activities, services, and programs within the county and serves as liaison to the division and other local emergency management agencies and organizations.

Emergency Management also serves as the liaison for and coordinator of municipalities' requests for state and federal assistance during post disaster emergency operations.

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Budget & Staffing
Budget & Staffing

Alachua County Emergency Management has three primary funding sources:

Source Current Fiscal Year Amount

County General Fund

$248,271.00

Florida Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Trust Fund (EMPA)

$105,806.00

Federal Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

$81,587.00

Additional funding for Emergency Management activities comes from State Homeland Security Grant Program funds, Citizen Corps Grants for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Fire Corps programs, as well as plan review fees collected from Health Care Facilities.  Emergency Management currently has four positions: Director, Assistant Director, and two Coordinators.​

Emergency Management Org Chart
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EM Program Strategic Plan
EM Program Strategic Plan

​Alachua County is a great place to live, work and play. However, as with the rest of Florida, we are subject to several hazards that can result in disasters causing damages, disruption and displacement in our community. Threats such as hurricanes, wildfires and chemical spills are incidents we will have to deal with. I like to remind people that we have had the catastrophic hurricane: it was the No Name Storm of 1896. This storm was responsible for destroying Cedar Key and nearly the City of High Springs in northwestern Alachua County. Since then, Alachua County has seen a great deal of growth in population and the built environment. This is the type of scenario that emergency personnel continuously plan, train and exercise for with the hopes that it will not happen again.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that. 

With this in mind, Alachua County continues to strive to improve the emergency management program. Personnel from the Emergency Management Section of County Fire Rescue, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Recovery and Resilience Team (RRT) met over the course of a year to develop and begin implementing this strategic plan.

Each team took a hard, honest look at our situation and our capabilities. While we have identified strengths, such as a well-established foundation to build on, we also identified areas of improvement that need to be brought up to a higher level of performance.

This strategic plan is not a check-in-the-box document that will sit on a shelf. It was developed by a large group of people investing their time and talent in various settings. To leave this plan collecting dust would not do them justice. This plan has a specific implementation process which will be followed and adjusted as needed.

Emergency Management is a team effort involving not only County departments, but includes Elected Officials, City agencies, our educational entities, volunteer groups and the public. To be successful in building a resilient community, we must continually develop the capabilities to rebound quickly with the input and action of our whole community. Your support and engagement will ensure our community’s success.

Alachua County 2016-2020 EM Program Strategic Plan​.

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Yearly Accomplishments
Yearly Accomplishments

Emergency Management accomplished many things this year. Click here for some details.​

2016 Year In Review:

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Upcoming Emergency Management Trainings
Upcoming Emergency Management Trainings

​Alachua County Emergency Management is excited to announce the following trainings:

04/18-19/2017     G-400 Advanced Incident Command System Command & General Staff: Complex Incidents

04/20/2017          G-191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center (ICS/EOC) Interface

06/20/2017          AWR-343 Hurricane Awareness    Flyer_6-20-17_WWH_GainesvilleFL.pdfFlyer_6-20-17_WWH_GainesvilleFL.pdf

06/27-28/2017     FL-601 Preliminary Damage Asseessment

08/09/2017          AWR-326 Tornado Awareness      Flyer_8-9-17_TOR_Gainesville,FL.pdfFlyer_8-9-17_TOR_Gainesville,FL.pdf

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