Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Division is responsible for Manatee County’s comprehensive emergency management program. The division provides disaster planning, training, and exercises for government agencies, first responders, and partner organizations. 

Visit our #ManateeReady page for the latest updates on any current emergency situations.

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The Emergency Management Division includes six full time positions, including the division manager, four emergency management coordinators, and one administrative specialist.

Day-to-day, the Division manages the countywide preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation programs; develops and executes plans and procedures; provides policy and research assistance for risks and hazards; facilities communications and documentation; and ensures compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. The EM Division maintains mandated programs and plans required by State statutes and Federal law, including the Special Needs Program, the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS), the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), and review, approval of residential healthcare facility disaster plans.

During Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations, the EM Division facilitates the multi-jurisdictional response and recovery activities. The EOC provides the central location for multiple levels of government and agencies to coordinate decisions, resources, and public information on a strategic level. 

Learning Opportunities

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment: https://training.fema.gov/is/

The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s training portal, SERT TRAC, offers a variety of course opportunities for government employees, the public and private sector partners, first responders, and the general public – including critical courses such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS): https://trac.floridadisaster.org/TRAC/

Safety Information & Announcements

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