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 Emergency Management


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. 

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Sarasota County, Florida
TTY: 7-1-1
or 1-800-955-8771
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