From hurricanes and tropical storms to flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and more, Florida experiences many natural disasters over the course of any given year. Disasters can also include incidents involving hazardous materials, technological hazards, terrorism and other incidents.
Perhaps more than in any other state, Floridians have learned that planning for such events is essential at the personal, community and state-wide levels.
Plans are developed, updated and implemented at the state and county levels to help communities plan for these emergencies and their after-effects. In cooperation with county emergency management offices, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Division of Community Affairs lead on such efforts.
Each county in Florida has an adopted Local Comprehensive Emergency Plan. Communities may also chose to adopt a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan to assist with faster and more efficient recovery from natural disasters while maintaining local control over recovery and building back better.
Check below for more information on how your community can become better prepared to deal with disaster and its after effects.
This section includes reports by 1000 Friends of Florida as well as various state agencies.
Disaster planning for Florida’s historic resources:
Disaster planning for historic resources, with case studies
Disaster mitigation for historic structures (2008) – The Florida Department of State, Florida Division of Emergency Management and 1000 Friends of Florida produced this award-winning manual to identify materials, systems, products and installation techniques available to address the specific mitigation needs of historic structures. Intended audiences include property owners, planners, building industry professionals and volunteers.
Disaster planning for historic resources, with case studies (2006) – Prepared by 1000 Friends of Florida on behalf of the Florida Department of State and Florida Department of Community Affairs, this full-color handbook outlines steps to integrate historic resource protection into the local disaster planning process and includes case studies. This is an updated version of the award-winning 2003 manual.
Disaster planning for Florida’s communities:
Disaster evacuation and smart growth – Prepared by the Florida Department of Health, this Macromedia Presentation outlines how smart growth strategies can assist with disaster evacuation.
Post-disaster redevelopment planning: A guide for Florida communities (2010) – To become more disaster‐resilient, local governments should plan for what must happen after rescue and recovery operations are completed in order to return the community to normal or perhaps rebuild an even better community. This handbook by the former Department of Community Affairs outlines the steps to prepare a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan (PDRP).
Wildfire risk reduction in Florida: Home, neighborhood and community best practices (2010) – This report by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services outlines local planning, regulatory, community design, building construction, landscaping and other strategies to reduce the risk of wildfire in Florida.
Handbook for floodplain acquisition and elevation projects (2001) – Prepared by the former Florida Department of Community Affairs, this report includes information on local mitigation strategies and projects geared to Florida communities.
Handbook for hazard mitigation projects (2001) – Another publication of the former Florida Department of Community Affairs, this handbook focuses on local mitigation strategies for the pre-disaster and post-disaster phases.