During disasters, the State Emergency Response Team ensures communication with local authorities, coordinates state response efforts, and facilitates federal disaster recovery funding for individuals and governments.
The State Emergency Response Team is Florida's unified command body for emergency events. It is comprised of representatives from state agencies, Cabinet-level departments, the Florida National Guard, and non-profit organizations. The Governor serves as the head of the State Emergency Response Team, and is responsible for appointing the State Coordinating Officer to oversee emergency response activities. Division of Emergency Management personnel, individual state agencies and Cabinet-level departments staff the State Emergency Operations Center with Emergency Coordinating Officers and other support personnel to assist with the overall state response efforts. By law, the Governor is the leader of the State Emergency Response Team, and is the final authority on all important disaster response decisions. Florida's Governor has the additional statutory and constitutional power to declare states of emergency and formally request assistance from the federal government.
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