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EMS Preparedness

Contact the Florida Department of Health

  •  850-245-4440



    Mailing Address

    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 Oversight (BEMO).

EMS Preparedness serves to support Florida’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 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.




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


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


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


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


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%


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