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membersThe Levy County Emergency Management Department is responsible for providing a comprehensive emergency management system that will integrate all available operating departments, levels of government, and the private sector into a cohesive disaster management team. Under the direction of the County Board of Commissioners, Levy County Emergency Management is responsible for the planning and preparedness necessary to coordinate the elements of an effective emergency management program.

Our Objectives:
  • To work with federal, state and local governments and the private sector to provide an efficient, coordinated response to emergencies/disasters.
  • To develop and maintain an updated database of available emergency resources.
  • To provide assistance to local governmental units to develop an Emergency Operations Plan designed to coordinate emergency response and recovery elements.
  • To offer a uniform set of guidelines by which a local unit of government can receive accreditation for its Emergency Operations Plan.
  • To promote cooperation and assistance (mutual aid) among local units of government in response to emergencies/disasters.
  • To encourage local units of government to emphasize continued emergency management training for emergency response personnel.
  • To network with and support the objectives of local Emergency Services (ESDA) programs.
  • To support the principles of professional emergency management by distributing emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation information to local units of government.
Levy County Emergency Management strives to lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the people of Levy County through leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management:

1. Mitigation

Taking sustained actions to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.

  • Mitigation is sustained activities and measures aimed at eliminating or reducing the long-term risk of property damage and loss of life from hazards and their effects. Because mitigation involves reducing risk, it can occur before or after an emergency or disaster when plans are put into action to minimize or eliminate damage. Mitigation also can involve educating businesses and the public in simple measures they can take to reduce loss and injury.
  • Cost-effective mitigation measures are the key to reducing disaster losses in the long term. In hazard-prone areas, mitigation can break the cycle of having to rebuild and rebuild again with every recurrence. There is also a need for planning to take advantage of mitigation opportunities in the aftermath of an emergency or disaster, when hazard awareness is high, funds may become available, and disruption of the status quo makes it possible to rethink design and location of some facilities and infrastructure. Attention to mitigation opportunities can make safer communities for us all.


2. Preparedness

Building the Emergency Management profession to effectively prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from any hazard by planning, training, and exercising.

  • Since emergencies often evolve rapidly and become too complex for effective improvisation, a government can successfully discharge its Emergency Management responsibilities only by taking certain actions before hand. This is preparedness. For citizens , protective planning and preparation is likewise critical prior to a calamity and is termed preparedness.
  • Preparedness involves establishing authorities and responsibilities for emergency actions and garnering the resources to support them: a jurisdiction must assign or recruit staff for Emergency Management duties and designate or procure facilities, equipment, and other resources for carrying out assigned duties. This investment requires upkeep: maintenance of facilities and equipment, use of forecasting and warning systems, training of staff, and other activities.
  • Accordingly, preparedness measures should not be improvised. A key element of preparedness is the development of plans that link the many aspects of a jurisdiction's commitment to Emergency Management.


3. Response

Conducting emergency operations to save lives and property by positioning emergency equipment and supplies; evacuating potential victims; providing food, water, shelter, and medical care to those in need; and restoring critical public services.

  • The onset of an emergency creates a need for time-sensitive actions to save lives and property, as well as for action to begin stabilizing the situation so that the jurisdiction can regroup. Such response actions include notifying Emergency Management personnel of the crises, warning and evacuating or sheltering the population if possible, keeping the population informed, rescuing individuals and providing medical treatment, maintaining the rule of law, assessing damage, addressing mitigation issues that arise from response activities, and even requesting help from outside the jurisdiction.

4. Recovery

Rebuilding communities so individuals, businesses, and governments can function on their own, return to normal life, and protect against future hazards.

  • Recovery is the effort to restore infrastructure and the social and economic life of a community to normal, but it should incorporate mitigation as a goal. For the short term, recovery may mean bringing necessary lifeline systems up to an acceptable standard while providing for basic human needs and ensuring that the societal needs of individuals and the community are met. Once some stability is achieved, the jurisdiction can begin recovery efforts for the long term, restoring economic activity and rebuilding community facilities and family housing with attention to long-term mitigation needs.