The mission of Emergency Management is implemented through the Disaster Preparedness Program for:
- Natural and man-made disasters
- People with Special Needs Program
- Public Education Program
- K-9 Search and Rescue Program
This agency is charged with the development and maintenance of a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the purpose of which is to:
reduce the vulnerability of people and communities of Sarasota 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 for 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 caused or aggravated by inadequate planning for, and regulation of, public and private facilities and land use;
establish the concepts under which the Sarasota 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.