Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)

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| State of Florida | | Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) | | State of Florida | | Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) | Hope for the best but prepare for the worse probably is the best advice for any state emergency crisis. The sunshine state of Florida with all of its tropical beauty and popular attractions also has a dark side; a notorious attraction for hurricanes. In 2004 Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne were four major hurricanes that hit Florida within a two-month span. Personally, after Ivan what little I had left Jeanne finished off. Disasters and/or emergencies are at the very least erratic. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and identify any weaknesses and strengths of the Florida…show more content…
In 2004, the state began utilizing the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the standard procedure for incident management in the State of Florida. The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) is made up of government, private, volunteer and non-government organizations (NGOs). During presidentially declared disasters CEMP is appropriated the role and authority by the federal government. The NIMS and the National Response Framework (NRF), work together in an effort to integrate NGOs, the private sector and jurisdiction resources for domestic incident response. SERT will then mobilize resources and conduct activities to guide and support local emergency management efforts. CEMP steps up to the plate to facilitate the operations. There are 18 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) that provides assistance which CEMA groups for the types of assistance. Each ESF is headed by a primary state agency which is selected based on its authority, resources and capabilities of their functions. The primary agency appoints an Emergency Coordination Officer (ECO) to manage that function in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). The ECOs work together with the staff from the SERT…show more content…
They are first on the scene and provide instant assistance to other survivors. I am one of those survivors and can warrant my knowledge as expertise. Without singling-out the CEMA plan in particular, communication is one of the major weaknesses within the governments, and even the local media is too infatuated with airing footage of devastation that often emergency or helpful aid-numbers are only briefly displayed or not at all. In the past, other weak points are appointed authorities that really do not have a clue what they are supposed to do so therefore they procrastinate while they await orders from another seniority of command. Florida is a partisan state and even though the emergency plan was revised in 2004 (after the 4 hurricanes hit) I think there still appears to be some confusion concerning the power of authority. Other things considered is some county districts, the poorer ones are left out to play a guessing game. This happened in 2005 during the aftermath of hurricane Wilma, guessing whether or not schools or roads were opened. It turned out to be a nightmare that increasingly worsened. Homes, businesses, schools and roads were

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