Emergency Management

Address:
2519 State Road 16 West
Green Cove Springs, Florida
32043

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1366
Green Cove Springs, Florida
32043

Phone:
(904) 284-7703
Fax: (904)529-2273
Toll Free: 1-877-252-9362
1-877-CLA-Yeoc

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Public Safety Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Latest News and Updates

 

On Tuesday, December 16th from 6:00 to 8:00pm the Jax National Weather Service will be teaching a Skywarn class at the Clay County Emergency Operations Center, located at 2519 SR16 west. This is a great program that introduces what to look for during severe weather events. This is the BASIC understanding of weather and its impacts to our area.

What is a Storm Spotter?
The Skywarn™ spotter program is a nationwide network of volunteers trained by the National Weather Service (NWS) to report significant weather. Anyone is welcome to participate.

Why Skywarn™?
The NWS's mission is to protect lives and property. When weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes are expected to develop, a severe thunderstorm or tornado WATCH is issued. A Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado WARNING is issued when severe weather has been reported by a Skywarn™ spotter or indicated by Doppler radar. Skywarn™ volunteers become the NWS's eyes and ears, helping to provide better weather watch and warning services.

Email John Ward with Clay County Emergency Management to register for this FREE class: John.ward@claycountygov.com

Please see this link for further information: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jax/?n=skywarn

Mitigation Strategy (LMS)

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.

At any particular time, the LMS has 20 to 30 community mitigation projects on its Prioritized Project List. While some of these projects may eventually be self-funded by sponsoring communities, many will require outside financial assistance in order to be completed. By virtue of being on the LMS Prioritized Project List, each project potentially qualifies for funding assistance consideration though a variety of mitigation assistance programs. Projects typically involve a combination of outside and local funding in line with matching guidelines established by the assistance program.

The LMS closely adheres to the guidelines and criteria provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management. The LMS will be reviewed and approved by both agencies.

Update Clay County’s LMS

The next LMS Update Working Group Meeting will be held Tuesday, December the 9th, 9am
at the Clay County Emergency Operations Center, located at 2519 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs (on the Clay County Fairgrounds property). While this is a regularly scheduled meeting, the committee does anticipate addressing topics pertaining to the update of the strategy document which is currently underway. Participation on the part of the public is welcome.

For more information on the County’s LMS program and the 2015 update process, please contact Maria Haney in the Clay County Division of Emergency Management at 904-541-2770 or via email at
maria.haney@claycountygov.com. Visit our webpage for updates and other information:
http://www.claycountygov.com/news/2014/local-mitigation-strategy-meeting


Recently Availability of US Small Business Administration Loans

Due to declarations associated with local impacts from the January 7 - 31, 2014 Freeze and Frost and the January 1 – March 31 , 2014 Excessive Rain events, the US Small Business Administration has made Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to area small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes, in order to help them meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations which may have been disrupted because of these events.  These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.  Economic Injury Disaster assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the Small Business Administration.  For more information on how to complete a Small Business Administration Loan application, contact the SBA by calling (800)659-2955.  Hearing impaired individuals may call (800)877-8339.   You may also visit their website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  The deadline for applications is December 16, 2014.

Secretary of Agriculture Declaration Deadline Approaching in Florida for

SBA Working Capital Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that Dec. 17 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Florida as a result of the drought between Feb. 19 and April 15, 2013.  The loans are available in the following counties:  Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Saint Johns, Union and Volusia. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers.  Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.  The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.875 percent for non-profit organizations, and terms up to 30 years. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Deadline Approaching in North Florida for SBA Working Capital Loans 
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that Dec. 3, 2013 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in North Florida as a result of the freeze and frost between Feb. 17 and March 4, 2013. The loans are available in the following Florida counties: Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Marion, Putnam, Saint Johns and Volusia. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Florida Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration
ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Florida as a result of the excessive rain, high winds, hail, lightning and tornadoes on May 2-5, 2013.

The disaster declaration includes the following counties: Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Marion, Putnam, Saint Johns and Volusia in Florida.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers.

Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than February 5, 2014.

Clay Post Disaster Redevelopment Plan
A Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan (PDRP) is now a requirement of all Florida coastal counties and municipalities, and is encouraged for inland communities. The PDRP covers policies, operational strategies, and roles and responsibilities for implementation which will guide decisions that affect long-term recovery and redevelopment of the community after a disaster. Click the above title for more information and to visit the PDRP website.

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Announcement
As a result of the freezes and frosts, which occurred February 17th 2013 – March 4, 2013, Clay County was among the contiguous counties designated by the State of Florida as having suffered Economic Injury and thus eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for small businesses and agricultural cooperatives.  For more information about Economic Injury Disaster Loans, including eligibility, requirements, and other loan specifics, contact the Small Business Administration Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.  Deaf and hard-of hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.  Individuals interesting beginning the application process may apply online using an Electronic Loan Application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Please note that the deadline for filing an application is December 3, 2013.

Emergency Contact Information

Clay County Emergency Management Office (904)284-7703 or 1-877-252-9362
Clay County Fire Rescue (904)284-7703 or 1-877-252-9362
State of Florida Emergency Hotline 1-800-342-3557
Clay County Health Department (904)529-2800
Clay County Sheriff’s Office (904)264-6512
Keystone Heights Residents Call(352)473-7211
Orange Park Police Department (904)264-5555
Green Cove Springs Police Department (904)297-7303
Orange Park Medical Center (904)276-8500
FA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) 1-800-621-FA, TDD#1-800-462-7585
National Flood Insurance Program 1-888-CALL-FLOOD ext. 445, TDD# 1-800-427-5593
American Red Cross (904)358-8091, 1- 888-843-5748 or 1-800-HELP-NOW
Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Volunteer Florida 1-800-354-3571
Department of Children and Family Services 1-800-226-2128
Florida Elder Helpline Directory 1-888-242-4464
ElderSource (904) 391-6600, 1-877-391-6602
Clay County Council on Aging (904)269-6345
St. Johns River Community Action Agency (904)278-5796