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Emergency Operations Center

Lee County Emergency Operations Center
2675 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905

Main: 239-533-0622 
Fax: 239-477-3636
Non-Emergency Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In case of emergency - Dial 9-1-1

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Emergency Plan

What is the Emergency Plan?

Lee County’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) explains the processes, procedures, and tools put in place to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the hazards identified in the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA), but will also be utilized for all hazards.  Lee County uses the Incident Command System (ICS), built on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) framework, to standardize all incident responses, and to prepare for and respond to disasters.  Using ICS provides accountability for each phase of an incident, as well as a written history of the event.  NIMS was officially adopted as the standard for incident management by Lee County Resolution No. 05-12-29 in 2005.

The Lee County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan is available HERE.

Method & Schedule for Evaluation, Maintenance, and Revision

  • The CEMP is updated regularly and submitted for State approval every four years by Lee County Emergency Management through a formal planning process involving stakeholders and address all hazards identified in the HIRA.

  • The CEMP relies on the emergency plans of other agencies, where noted.

  • The CEMP is reviewed at least biennially, and also as a result of exercises and/or events.

Mitigation​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 

Mitigation is defined as the effort to reduce or eliminate loss of life and property by lessening the impacts of disasters.  In order for mitigation to be successful, we need to take action BEFORE the next disaster so we can reduce the human and financial loss. 

Studies show that one dollar ($1) spent on mitigation now will save us four dollars ($4) in the future. 

Lee County's mitigation planning efforts are centered around the Joint Unified Local Mitigation Strategy, also knows as the LMS.  The LMS is a comprehensive plan that is reviewed and approved every five (5) years by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The LMS includes a hazard and vulnerability assessment, mitigation goals and objectives for the community, and demographic information.  It also includes a prioritized list of mitigation projects that can be funded by grant opportunities after declared disasters.

Lee County is a member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and participates in the Community Rating System (CRS). 

Some examples of mitigation:

  • Hurricane shutters for a home, business, or government building.
  • Elevation of a flood vulnerable building or home.
  • Drainage improvement projects.
  • Road/bridge improvement projects.
  • Creating wildfire buffers around development in vulnerable areas.
  • Public information and outreach programs that educate the community on disaster risk,
    preparedness, and mitigation.

Click to read the 2022 Lee County Joint Unified Local Mitigation Strategy.

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All Hazards Guide Overview:

  • The guide is an overview of all things preparedness in Southwest Florida
  • Topics include: Knowing your Evacuation Zone, Prepping a Disaster Supply Kit & Finding your closest shelter
  • Staying informed during an emergency: Download LeePrepares app, Sign up online to AlertLee & Follow Lee County Public Safety's social media pages

Severe Weather Preparedness:

  • Weather Patterns that affect our area are- Wildfires, winds, flooding tornadoes, & hurricanes
  • Lee County encourages residents to have an All Hazards Guide and a Family Emergency Plan for their household
  • Storm Watch: Issued when conditions are favorable for severe weather
  • Storm Warning: Issued when severe weather is imminent
  • Residents should check flood zones every year
  • When evacuating, shelters should be a last resort. Stay with friends or family if possible
  • Public sheltering information
  • After the storm, remember the dangers to your health
  • Generator safety

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