What is a local state of emergency? Why are directives important?

Local jurisdictions have the authority to declare, by resolution, a local state of emergency pursuant to Section 252.38(3)(a)5., Florida Statutes. A local state of emergency directive can be initiated by a county at any time, but in most cases, it should be declared prior to requesting response or recovery assistance from the state. Declaring a local state of emergency informs state decision makers that an emergency situation exists beyond the response or recovery capabilities of the local jurisdiction.

The enactment of such a directive will enable counties to:

  • Initiate local emergency preparedness and response actions
  • Request state assistance, if needed
  • Invoke emergency related mutual-aid assistance
  • Waive the procedures and formalities otherwise required of the political subdivision by law, to respond to the emergency

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