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Located within the Department of Public Safety, the Clay County Division of Emergency Management ensures that mitigation efforts are enhanced, preparedness is encouraged, responsiveness is assured and recovery is achieved.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Emergency Management

    • How do I sign up to receive emergency notifications?

    • Where exactly is my home located with respect to designated evacuation zones?

    • Where can I see a map of the county’s evacuation zones?

    • How do I register my pet to use a Pet-Friendly Shelter?

    • How do I get flood insurance for my home or business?

    • Where is my closest hurricane shelter?

Personal Preparedness

The surest way to survive a disaster with as little impact as possible is to ensure that you and your family are prepared through the development of a Disaster Plan. A Disaster Plan should outline what you will do, where you will go and who you will contact in the event of a hurricane or other disaster.  It is also important to ensure that along with this plan, that individuals and families create or re-stock disaster supply kits with adequate amounts of water, food, prescriptions, batteries, flashlights and other essential supplies. The Clay County All Hazards Preparedness Guide is an excellent resource to use in the development of your plan and kit.  This document provides helpful information when planning for any potential hazard impact to the county including tips on what to include in your disaster supply kit, current shelter lists, current evacuation zones and routes and pertinent emergency contact information.

ALERT: Clay County Emergency Notification System

Alert Clay County provides county and municipal residents and business owners with the ability to receive emergency notifications and notifications regarding emergencies and/or threatening severe weather on their home phone, business phones, cell phones and email address.  To ensure that the system will call you when your address or business is threatened by an emergency or by severe weather, simply register your address and contact information onto the Alert Clay County portal, located on the county website at www.claycountygov.com/departments/emergency-management/alert-clay-county. Please call 904-284-7703 for further questions about this.  To sign up to receive emergency notifications please click HERE

Special Needs

Per House Bill 709, after March 2015, the State of Florida maintains a state-wide Special Needs Registry.  Prior to this bill, each county maintained its own. The purpose of this registry is to identify individuals with physical, mental, cognitive or sensory disabilities in an effort to better plan for resource allocation to meet their needs during a disaster.  This includes planning to accommodate individuals that the county determines, based on their medical needs, are eligible for the Special Needs Shelter, should it be opened during an event. To access the Florida Special Needs Registry, visit https://snr.floridadisaster.org/Signin?ReturnUrl=%2f

Evacuation Zones

If a hurricane evacuation occurs, it will be ordered by Zone (A,B,C).  Evacuation Zones are created taking into account anticipated storm tide, existing flood zones as well as other key factors.  Evacuation Zones are NOT associated with storm category.  To view your evacuation zone, click here to see the county’s Hurricane Evacuation and Shelter Map or visit Clay County’s Interactive GIS site at http://maps.claycountygov.com/clayview/ click on “Evacuation Zones” and enter your address.

Shelters   

Clay County maintains a list of pre-identified shelter options. See the attached to view potential locations near you.  It is important to remember that not every shelter is open during an event. The shelters listed are merely what buildings the county has to choose from.  In the event of a threatening hurricane, citizens should stay tuned to their local media outlets or contact Clay County Public Safety at 904-284-7703 to find out exactly which shelters in the county have been opened.

Local Mitigation Strategy

The Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is a unified, coordinated effort among county and municipal governments to reduce the county's vulnerability to the impacts of identified natural and man-made hazards. Among its primary missions, the Strategy serves as a basis for comprehensive mitigation planning, project identification and prioritization, and provides assistance to project sponsors in securing and allocating available federal, state, local and other disaster mitigation assistance funds. The strategy incorporates facets of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System and closely adheres to the guidelines and criteria provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management. The committee who oversees the LMS meets once a quarter. Public participation in this committee is strongly encouraged. 

Questions

Should you have questions regarding any of the information above or any other aspect of disaster preparedness, please feel free to contact our division by calling 904-284-7703 or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.