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EMS Preparedness

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    Florida Department of Health 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin A-22 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

EMS Preparedness is a component of a larger performance management system within the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversite (BEMO)

EMS Preparedness serves to support Florida’s Emergency Medical Services in creating, promoting and sustaining a state of readiness and strategic, response capabilities to protect Florida’s citizens and visitors during catastrophic events, large-scale emergencies and disasters.

Our mission is accomplished by coordinating with government, public and private emergency medical services and EMS stakeholders statewide, sharing in a common goal to implement strategies in support of an all hazard response system and promoting enhanced EMS capabilities, interoperability, training, sustainability and continuity in EMS preparedness.

EMS Goals – State Plan 

Strategic Priority 4: Readiness for Emerging Health Threats

Goal 4.0: Demonstrate EMS readiness for emerging health threats and natural or manmade disasters.

 

Strategy

Objective

Increase Florida’s National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI)

A

By December 31, 2020, increase the number of EMS agencies participating in annual CBRNE exercises from 23% to 33%

B

By December 2020, increase the percentage of EMS agencies participating in health care coalitions from 45% to 55%

C

By July 2020, at least 50% of licensed EMS Agencies will utilize NFPA 3000 on EMS management of active shooter/hostile events as guidelines toward best practices

D  

By December 31, 2020, increase the number of EMS providers that have adopted plans and trained for an active shooter/hostile event response from 48% to 75%

E

By December 2020, increase the number of EMS providers that are properly equipped to manage an active shooter/hostile event from 34% to 75%