Emergency Management

Staff Contact:

Brady Smith , AICP
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 42

John Meyer
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd. Suite 100
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 29


The threat of terrorism does not have to change your life. Just Be Prepared.

How Should Florida Prepare For Terrorism?


Unlike with a Hurricane or a Flood, there will likely be NO WARNING for a terrorist attack. We, as Floridians can make sure that our families know what we would do to account for each other in a disaster. A Family Disaster Plan is critical and should be in place at all times. Your family's plan should include Emergency Contacts, identification of Rally Points, Disaster Supply Kit, and more.

With some simple planning this can be done and help alleviate the fear of the unknown.

Why Your Family Should Identify Rally Points...


Since your family is not together 24 hours a day, you need to consider how you would find each other in a disaster. Rally points (physical locations) should be identified for the most commonly frequented locations (i.e. work, school, neighbors). For example, if a crisis occurs at school a location where both parents and child designate to meet should be included in your plan.

Before, During, and After a Terrorist Incident...



  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located. Be ready to enact your Family Disaster Plan


  • Building Explosion - leave as quickly and calmly as possible.
  • If items are falling from above - get under a sturdy table or desk.
  • Fire - stay low to the floor and exit as quickly as possible. Cover nose and mouth with a wet cloth. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it - seek an alternate escape route. Stay below the smoke at all times.


  • If you are trapped in debris - use a flashlight. Cover your mouth with a piece of cloth. Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if available and shout as a last resort - shouting can result in inhalation of dangerous amounts of dust.
  • Assisting victims - untrained persons should not attempt to rescue people in a collapsed building. Wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • Chemical Agent - authorities will instruct you to either seek shelter and seal the premises or evacuate immediately.

What Your Community Can Do?

In a disaster our best untapped resource is you and me. You can become a part of a Community Emergency Response Team. This team is a local or neighborhood group that receives special training to enhance their ability to recognize, respond to and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation.

Citizen Corps

Over the past months America has witnessed a wellspring of selflessness and heroism. People in every corner of the country have asked, "What can I do?" and "How can I help?" Citizen Corps has been created to answer these questions.

What Actions Should You Take To Be Prepared?

Talk to your family. Discuss the potential hazards and threats. Develop your Family Disaster Plan to include rally points and have a third party as a common contact. Practice your plan.

Terrorism does not mean you have to change your life. You only need to BE PREPARED.


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