SWFMD Deactivates Emergency Center

Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials have deactivated the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from a Level 2 to a Level 3. In April, the District activated the EOC to Level 2 in coordination with State Emergency Response Teams who requested and directed District resources during Florida’s wildfire emergency event. The EOC provides direction and controls District activities during an emergency event.

Level 3 activation is utilized when a specific situation has been detected that must be monitored or a general state of monitoring exists, such as during the hurricane season. Level 3 is a monitoring–only activation level, and the EOC will:

• While the situation is being monitored, place all District emergency personnel on standby during normal business hours.
• Check equipment and resources to ensure all is ready if needed.
• Monitor water levels and operate water control structures on water bodies throughout the District’s 16–county area as needed.
• Maintain direct communications with the state EOC as needed.
• Ensure current emergency management information is distributed to all District staff.

The EOC also directs District field crews, responds to requests from the state EOC, and provides water resource updates to state and local emergency management agencies, the media, and the general public.

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