About Emergency Management

Monroe County Emergency Management prepares Monroe County to deal with any event that might threaten the safety of the Florida Keys’ residents and visitors, or impact property or infrastructure.

Emergency Management is the leader, coordinating all municipalities, private partners, and state and federal agencies during emergencies. To make the County less vulnerable, Emergency Management creates and implements comprehensive plans that build, sustain, and improve the county’s capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

In September 2017, Emergency Management’s plans and preparation were put to its biggest test in more than half a century when Monroe County suffered a direct hit from Category 4 Hurricane Irma.

Monroe County’s Emergency Operations Center quickly activated to Level 1 on Sept. 5, 2017, as it became likely that the Keys would receive a direct hit from the monster storm in the Atlantic Ocean. Emergency Management managed the response and recovery throughout the rest of 2017.

In 2018, Emergency Management has worked with its partners and the community to improve Monroe County’s Emergency Management Program.

In 2020, Emergency Management reacted to the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic and still continues to monitor the situation throughout the hurricane season.


Local State of Emergency Directives

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: 

  • 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 

Past Emergency Directives

To obtain copies of any Monroe County local state of emergencies for any events previous to 2012, contact the Monroe County Emergency Management Department at 305-289-6018.