ALAN S. HARRIS, EMERGENCY MANAGER
To be recognized internationally as a premier emergency management program dedicated to the safety and welfare of the public through the preservation of life, health, property, and the environment.
To provide a highly capable and resilient emergency management structure, utilizing a comprehensive whole community approach to protection, prevention, response, recovery, and mitigation activities; an organization that is synonymous with the term ‘leadership’and fosters an environment of collaboration, confidence, and synergy.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for performing technical work in the development, implementation, and management of countywide disaster prevention, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. OEM staff provide countywide planning, training and exercise programs in order to be prepared for natural, technological, and/or man-made emergencies. In addition, staff manage and coordinate the County's Emergency Operations Center during times of emergency.
The development of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), and Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a cooperative effort with various local government entities, non-profit agencies, and faith based organizations.
OEM staff is responsible for the development and maintenance of plans that include evacuation, disaster housing, emergency shelters, debris management, damage assessments, emergency fuel, floodplain management, wildfire protection, and homeland security. The Office also provides guidance to its municipalities and support agencies on the development of disaster management plans.
Teaching citizens how to prepare themselves for disasters is critical to the resilience of Seminole County. Emergency management staff provide hours of lectures to student groups, homeowners associations, faith-based organizations, businesses, and various institutions and associations. These workshops and seminars focus on disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation techniques. Throughout the year, the Office provides informational brochures and guides, establishes preparedness fairs and events, produces public service announcements and manages the County's preparedness website (www.prepareseminole.org).