The Emergency Management Division’s responsibilities are to support the continuity of government; to coordinate emergency response to severe weather, disasters, medical emergencies, fires, rescues, animal control, and hazardous materials situations; to plan for, coordinate with and support the State of Florida Emergency Management Team and the federal government during extreme emergencies throughout the state and the United State.
Wakulla County’s Emergency Management Director is Scott Nelson. Mr. Nelson allows the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office to continue our excellent service to the public during emergencies.
The role of Emergency Management is to assist local residents during times of natural or man-made disasters and to provide backup resources to all county responders.
Wakulla County is recognized by the National Weather Service as being “Storm Ready,” a designation awarded to only three counties in North Florida.
The State of Florida granted approval to Wakulla County for the “County Emergency Management Plan” which is a 5-year plan to protect the citizens, including a special Terrorism Annex.
Emergency Management also partners with the American Red Cross in several important projects. One of these projects involves the development of Disaster Resistant Neighborhoods.
Other responsibilities include the management of the County’s E911 computer and mapping system. Funding for the E911 system is through a separate budget that is supported by a surcharge added to the telephone bills for county residents.