FDOT Emergency Management is a vital element of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). Comprised of local, state and federal officials, the SERT ensures that Florida is prepared to respond to, recover from and mitigate against disasters.
FDOT EM is the leading agency for two SERT emergency support functions covering transportation, public works and engineering. FDOT EM also has a 24×7 watch officer who maintains situational awareness to the department and its state and federal partners.
FDOT Emergency Management operates using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) frameworks, tools used for the command, control and coordination of emergency response.
While each member of the FDOT EM staff has leadership roles within this structure, auxiliary support staff can be brought in to assist during times of emergency. Auxiliary staff are employees working in other offices throughout the department who are trained to assist during activations.
The duties and responsibilities of each section are driven by current operations. These so-called "blue sky" and "gray sky" roles will fluctuate based on need, but each section must always work closely with the others to ensure mission success.