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State Public Health and Medical Plans

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The Department of Health is the lead agency for Florida’s Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF 8) – Public Health and Medical Services. ESF8 coordinates the development and maintenance of plans, procedures and resources as a part of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) to ensure Florida can meet a core set of operational missions.

This graphic shows the Bureau of Preparedness and Response Base plans relationship and hierarchy between the Hazard Response Strategies that are targeted at Executive Leadership and Incident Playbooks targeted at emergency managers and Function Procedures targeted at individual responders. These base plans establish the core public health and medical missions during response, recover and mitigation in Florida. It describes how the Department of Health will respond to incidents facing florida's health and medical system.

Core Mission Implementation Plans: The Public Health and Medical Appendix to the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) established 11 core missions for the public health and medical system during a response. Specific plans and procedures addressing the implementation of the core missions during a response are in the following categories.

Core Mission 1: Support local assessment and identification of public health and medical needs in impacted counties.

Core Mission 2: Coordinate and support the stabilization of the public health and medical system in impacted counties.

Core Mission 3: Support sheltering of persons with medical and functional needs.

Core Mission 4: Monitor and coordinate resources to support the care and movement of persons with medical and functional needs in impacted counties.

Core Mission 5: Support monitoring, investigating and controlling potential or known threats and impacts to human health through surveillance, delivery of medical countermeasures and non-medical interventions.

Core Mission 6: Support monitoring, investigating and controlling potential or known threats to human health of environmental origin.

Core Mission 7: Develop, disseminate and coordinate accurate and timely public health and medical information.

Core Mission 8: Monitor need for and coordinate resources to support fatality management services.

Core Mission 9: Monitor need for and coordinate resources to support disaster behavioral health services.

Core Mission 10: Support responder safety and health needs.

Core Mission 11: Provide public health and medical technical assistance and support.

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