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Mission: to work together across neighboring communities to consistently protect and improve the unique and relatively unspoiled character of the physical, economic and social worlds we share for the benefit of our future generations.

Evacuation Planning

2010 Evacuation Study
The Florida Division of Emergency Management, Department of Community Affairs Division of Community Planning and Department of Transportation in coordination with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council have developed the Statewide Regional Evacuation Study for the Southwest Florida Region. This report updates the region's evacuation population estimates, evacuation clearance times and public shelter demand. The study covers Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry Lee and Sarasota Counties and their municipalities.
2010 Evacuation Study


Hurricanes

Southwest Florida has been identified by the National Weather Service as one of the most hurricane-vulnerable areas of the United States. The potential for large-scale loss of life and property during a hurricane is great. The analysis of hurricane probability is based upon historical occurrences in Southwest Florida, as evidenced in data available from the National Climatic Center, in Asheville, North Carolina; the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida; and the Fort Myers and Tampa Area Offices of the National Weather Service.
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Local Mitigation

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K) significantly expanded the mitigation planning requirements imposed on both state and local jurisdictions in order to maintain eligibility for federal mitigation funds. DMA2K requires each state to have in place a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved State Mitigation Plan to remain eligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMAP), or other federal mitigation assistance program funds. While Florida currently has an approved Section 409 Hazard Mitigation Plan, the new requirements dictate a much higher level of detail and increased coordination with other state agencies and local governments.
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