Florida

Fort Myers Beach Pier, Florida
At a Glance
  • State Population: 21,299,325
  • Local Health Departments: 67
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tropical Storms/Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Flooding
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2018: Hurricane Michael; 2017: Hurricane Irma
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2020: $30,596,524
    FY 2018: $30,329,229
    FY 2019: $30,150,251
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 53
  • Laboratorian: 19
  • Educator: 4
  • Health Professionals: 24
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 3
  • Other*: 183

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Community Preparedness
  2. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  3. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  4. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
  5. Emergency Operations Coordination
Stories from the Field
Florida Irma
CDC Helps Florida Shelter Thousands During Hurricane Irma

In Florida, PHEP ensures that shelters can adequately address the requirements of populations with special medical needs that have no other place to go during an incident. In September 2017, Hurricane Irma struck Florida as a Category 4 storm, causing 65 of 67 counties to declare a state of emergency. The state used PHEP funds to set up and staff special needs shelters for 12,000 Floridians for 14 days. These shelters served people that, because of special needs like oxygen and electricity dependencies, needed additional care. Florida maintained a high standard of care, keeping the ratio of staff to patients at 1 to 5.

Florida Zika
Responding to Zika and Other Emergencies in Summer 2016

PHEP-funded staff served on the Incident Management Team for Florida’s Zika response, meeting daily through the summer of 2016 and coordinating the distribution of Zika Preventions Kits, flyers, and insect repellant. The team also facilitated mosquito control efforts by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. At the same time, the team successfully planned for and responded to other emergencies, including two hurricanes. Hermine made landfall as a category 1 storm and Matthew made landfall as a category 2 storm.

Hurricane Matthew Planning
Regional Cooperation in Emergencies

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Florida as a Category 2 storm. To assist in recovery, Florida used the Unified Planning Coalition, or UPC, a resource-sharing coalition among states in the southeastern region of the United States. After the storm, Florida was able to receive shelter support from nearby states days before what would have been possible without the UPC.

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Page last reviewed: February 25, 2021, 01:25 PM