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OUR MISSION

The Mission of Hendry County Emergency Management is to Plan and Coordinate Actions to Prepare, Respond, Mitigate, and Recover from natural or man-made disasters.

Emergency management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters. Hendry County Emergency Management is charged with the development and maintenance of a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), the purpose of which is to: 

  • Reduce the vulnerability of people and communities of Hendry County to loss of life, injury or damage and loss of property resulting from natural, technological or man-made emergencies such as acts of terrorism or major special events, catastrophes or hostile military or paramilitary action;

  • Prepare prompt and efficient response and recovery activities to protect lives and property affected by emergencies;

  • Respond to emergencies using all systems, applicable laws, plans and resources necessary to preserve the health , safety and welfare of persons affected by the emergency;

  • Recover from emergencies by providing for the rapid and orderly implementation of restoration and rehabilitation programs for persons and property affected by emergencies;

  • Assist in anticipation, recognition, appraisal, prevention and mitigation of emergencies that may be cause or aggravated by inadequate planning for, and regulation of, public and private facilities and land use;

  • Establish the concepts under which the Hendry County Government will operate in response to disasters through integration; define the responsibilities of elected and appointed local government officials and department heads.

  • Define the emergency roles and functions of city and county departments and agencies;

  • Provide local guidelines based upon the Rule of Law as it pertains to disaster response;

  • Provide and coordinate appropriate and available mutual aid response to other disaster-impacted jurisdictions, if requested through the State Emergency Operations Center, in accordance with the Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement.

PHASES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Mitigation:
Mitigation is the most cost-efficient method for reducing the impact of hazards. A precursor activity to mitigation is the identification of risks. Physical risk assessment refers to the process of identifying and evaluating hazards. The higher the risk, the more urgent the need is to target hazard specific vulnerabilities through mitigation efforts.

 

Preparedness: Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluation, and improvement activities that allows Hendry County Emergency Management to ensure effective coordination and the enhancement of capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disaster events that have been identified.
 

In the preparedness phase, the Emergency Management Department develops plans of action to manage and counter risks and takes action to build the necessary capabilities needed to implement such plans.

 

Response: The Response phase includes the mobilization of the identified emergency staff, including first responders, to an internal or external event which could have an impact on the county and jurisdiction located within. Response procedures are pre-determined by emergency management, and are detailed in disaster plans during the Preparedness phase. Response to an internal or external incident is directed through the Incident Command System (ICS). Response plans remain flexible in nature due to the varying members of responders available at any given time.

Response procedures and plans are constantly evaluated and changed based on improvements identified during After Action Reviews, which are held after training exercises and disaster responses. Response actions are also evaluated regularly by the campus and hospital through drills, exercises, tracers, and live events.

 

Recovery: The aim of the Recovery phase is to restore the affected area to its previous state. It differs from the Response phase in its focus: recovery efforts are concerned with issues and decisions that must be made after immediate needs are addressed. Recovery efforts are primarily concerned with actions that involve rebuilding destroyed property, re-employment, the repair of other essential infrastructure, as well as the re-opening of essential services.

Recovery operations are an extremely important phase in the Emergency Management continuum and yet one that is often overlooked.

 


Be Prepared for Any Emergency
 

Create a disaster plan for your family, business and neighborhood. We can help.

  • If you live alone talk to your neighbors and friends about developing a neighborhood response plan. 

  • Being prepared is your best protection and your responsibility. 

  • A good disaster preparedness plan provides a margin of safety protecting you, your family and your neighbors.

  • Having a disaster plan improves your communitiesí ability to recover.

  • Letís work together and be prepared!!

Disaster Planning Guide
 

 

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

SIGN UP FOR PREPARE HENDRY EMERGENCY ALERTS CLICK HERE
 

 

MAILING ADDRESS

Hendry County Emergency Management
 

Post Office Box 2340

LaBelle, Florida  33935

 

 

MAKE A PLAN NOW

 

You can do this ahead of an emergency:

 

Establish a Personal Support network

Post your emergency instructions on the refrigerator

Visit FloridaDisaster.org for more planning information
 

 

GENERATOR SAFETY

CLICK LINKS BELOW FOR GENERATOR SAFETY INFORMATION

Generator Safety Video

Generator Safety (English)

Generator Safety (Spanish)

 

 

 

CHECK YOUR FLOOD ZONE

Click here to check the flood zone of your address

 

 

 



Hendry County Emergency Management
4425 West State Road 80
LaBelle, Florida 33935 
863-674-5400