Taylor County Comprehensive Emergency Managment Plan (CEMP)
Florida Statues, Chapter 252 (Emergency Management Act) identifies emergency power and responsibilities of political subdivisions in the State of Florida. A key provision in the statues is that each County in Florida shall develop a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and Programs that are coordinated and consistent with the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and Programs. Furthermore, Presidential Homeland Security Directives 5 and 8, enacted in 2004, require the State and Local governments to adopt the fundamental principles, language and operational concepts embedded in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF) as a condition for receiving certain categories of federal support for Emergency Management. The Taylor County Board of County Commission adopted this by resolution on July 25, 2006. The purpose of the Taylor County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is to establish a framework for government, non-profit organizations, and residents to address prevention, preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation of the effects of emergencies and disasters.
The revised Taylor County CEMP is the product of a detailed and focused planning process that 1) fully incorporates the NIMS concepts, principles, practice and language 2) capitalizes on the lessons learned from recent disasters, 3) incorporates plans, programs and policies that have emerged since the last revision of the CEMP. The CEMP establishes a framework through which the County may prepare for; respond to; recover from; and mitigate to prevent the impacts of a wide variety of disasters that could adversely affect the health, safety and or general welfare of the residents and emergency workers of Taylor County. The CEMP provides guidance to County officials on procedures, organization and responsibilities which will prevent, minimize, and/or relieve personal hardship and property damage associated with disasters or the imminent threat thereof. This plan also provides for an integrated and coordinated county, municipal, state and federal response.
The CEMP is operation oriented and addresses communication and warning systems, rapid and pre-deployment of resources, evacuation, shelter operations, post-disaster response and recovery activities, and clearly defines responsibilities of county, municipal, volunteer, and other organizations through an Incident Management System/Emergency Support Function approach to planning and operations.
The CEMP describes the basic strategies, assumptions, and mechanics through which the County will mobilize resources and conduct activities to guide and support County emergency management efforts through prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. To facilitate inter-governmental operations, the CEMP adopts a functional approach that groups the type of assistance to be provided under each Emergency Support Function (ESF). Each ESF is headed by a primary agency, which has been selected based on its authorities, resources, and capabilities in the functional area. In addition, other agencies with similar capabilities have been given support assignments to appropriate ESF(s). The ESF(s) serve as the primary operational mechanism through which county assistance is managed. Command staff and other General staff have been assigned to support the ESF(s). County assistance will be provided to impacted communities within the County under the overall authority of the Director of Emergency Management (Local Coordinating Officer), on behalf of the Board of County Commission.