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What is a Local State of Emergency? Why are Directives Important?
Local State of Emergency

Local jurisdictions have the authority to declare, by resolution, a local state of emergency pursuant to Section 252.38(3)(a)5., Florida Statutes. A local state of emergency directive can be initiated by a county at any time, but in most cases, it should be declared prior to requesting response or recovery assistance from the state. Declaring a local state of emergency informs state decision makers that an emergency situation exists beyond the response or recovery capabilities of the local jurisdiction.


The enactment of such a directive will enable counties to:

> Initiate local emergency preparedness and response actions.
> Request state assistance, if needed
> Invoke emergency related mutual-aid assistance
> Waive the procedures and formalities otherwise required of the political subdivision by law, to
respond to the emergency

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