The Emergency Services Sector (ESS) is a community of millions of highly-skilled, trained personnel, along with the physical and cyber resources, that provide a wide range of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery services during both day-to-day operations and incident response. The ESS includes geographically distributed facilities and equipment in both paid and volunteer capacities organized primarily at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels of government, such as city police departments and fire stations, county sheriff’s offices, Department of Defense police and fire departments, and town public works departments. The ESS also includes private sector resources, such as industrial fire departments, private security organizations, and private emergency medical services providers.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.
The Volusia County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the central command center for emergency response in Volusia County. Key disaster response officials, including the Volusia County Council Chair, the Volusia County Manager and the Emergency Management Director, convene in this specially-designed facility to make the strategic decisions necessary to protect the public during emergencies, which include hurricanes, civil unrest, wildfires and mass casualty incidents.
The Emergency Management Division is responsible for the management of all emergency preparedness program areas within the County under the provisions of Florida Statute 252. The purpose of the agency is to provide coordination of resources and decision making during disasters. Emergency Management assists with the coordination of preparedness programs for all citizens of Flagler County, County agencies, and support organizations. The Division develops and maintains emergency plans for all types of natural and man-made hazards, and provides analysis and recommendations necessary to make decisions that will effectively save lives and protect property in such emergencies.
The Division of Emergency Management plans for and responds to both natural and man-made disasters. These range from floods and hurricanes to incidents involving hazardous materials or nuclear power. The division prepares and implements a statewide Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and routinely conducts extensive exercises to test state and county emergency response capabilities.
The division is the state's liaison with federal and local agencies on emergencies of all kinds. Division staff members provide technical assistance to local governments as they prepare emergency plans and procedures. They also conduct emergency operations training for state and local governmental agencies.
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