Emergency Management


Sumter County - a Disaster Ready Community

Welcome to Sumter County Emergency Management. Please take a moment to look through the information that is designed to get you, your family, or your business prepared for all possible Sumter County hazards, including the upcoming 2017 storm season.


Sumter County’s Emergency Management Division mission is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the people of Sumter County through a comprehensive, all hazards emergency management system of prevention, response, recovery and mitigation. We provide public safety services to citizens and visitors, enabling them to be ready for any emergency, including severe weather, floods, hurricanes, hazardous materials incidents, and homeland security issues.

The Division also provides countywide planning, training and exercise programs. Through a cooperative effort, it develops the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Continuity of Operations Plan, and Local Mitigation Strategy. These plans provide guidance for how agencies will respond to threats or actual disasters in Sumter County.

The Division manages the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), with support from our local, state and federal partners. The EOC is the central point where disaster recovery efforts are coordinated.

Teaching citizens how to prepare themselves for disasters is critical to the resilience of Sumter County. We routinely provide presentations to student groups, homeowners associations, faith-based organizations, businesses, and various institutions and associations. These presentations focus on disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation techniques. The staff also provides informational brochures and guides centered on disaster preparedness and prevention.

Please contact us if you would like to have a member of our staff do a presentation for your organization.

It’s hurricane season!

 Florida is affected by hurricanes more than any other state in the nation. Since 1930, Sumter County has been affected by 71 hurricanes or tropical storms. Most recently, the state had a record ten seasons without a hurricane strike, 2006 to 2015. Otherwise, Florida went five consecutive seasons without a strike in 1980-1984. It has gone four consecutive seasons three times: 1911-1914, 1988-1991 and 2000-2003. Of course, we’re all hoping that Florida’s good fortune will continue, but it’s unlikely.  Sumter County Emergency Management encourages you to be prepared, both at home and at work. Don’t wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep. Take the time to:

  • Determine your risk
  • Develop an evacuation plan
  • Get an insurance check up
  • Shop for supplies
  • Strengthen your home
  • Identify trusted sources of information
  • Complete your written hurricane plan

Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts. It could mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor. Please review the rest of this webpage for helpful ideas and suggestions for your preparation.

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Create a Disaster Plan
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Prepare an Emergency Kit
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Hazards & Weather
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Special Needs
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Evacuation & Shelters
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Prepare Before a Disaster
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Contact Numbers, Documentation & Links
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What is Emergency Management?