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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Public Safety Agencies, such as Law Enforcement, are in the best position to deter, detect, and investigate unauthorized or unsafe UAS operations. While drones can serve as a useful tool, these agencies also have an important role in protecting the public from unsafe and unauthorized drone operations. This information will help law enforcement and public safety professionals understand safe drone operations and their authority.

Operate a Drone, Start a Drone Program

Understand Your Authority: Handling Sightings and Reports

Access Our Public Safety Toolkit

FAA Contacts for Law Enforcement

Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft System Resource Guide

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)




The Florida Department of Transportation is a decentralized agency charged with the establishment, maintenance, and regulation of public transportation in the state of Florida. The department was formed in 1969. It absorbed the powers of the State Road Department.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

Header ControllerInteractive Project Map

Travelers and Commuters


Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS)





FL511 is the abbreviated name for the Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS), which is the state’s official source for real-time traffic and travel information. It is a service of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Florida 511

Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)







Our Agency was statutorily created by Chapter 20, Florida Statutes as the chief health policy and planning entity for the state. We are primarily responsible for the state’s estimated $25.2 billion Medicaid program that will serve a projected 4.27 million Floridians in SFY 2016-17, the licensure of the state’s 48,500 health care facilities and the sharing of health care data through the Florida Center for  Health Information and Policy Analysis.

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

Health Facility Reporting System

Find a Facility

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Regulated Health Care Provider Resources

Florida Department of Health (DOH)







The Florida Department of Health (DOH) was established by the Florida Legislature in 1996, however public health has its roots in Florida dating back to 1888 with the creation of the Florida State Board of Health.

In 2007, the first-ever State Surgeon General was established to spearhead the efforts of DOH, thereby designating a health officer to
oversee all matters of public health. The Surgeon General’s role is to be the state’s leading advocate for wellness and disease prevention.
The State Surgeon General, who serves as the State Health Officer and is directly appointed by Florida’s Governor, and confirmed by the
Florida Senate. DOH has four deputy secretaries that oversee all of its business and programmatic operations.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH)

DOH All Hazards Resource Center

Florida Special Needs Registry

Make a Plan | Florida Department of Health

Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of healthcare for all Americans. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the healthcare system and help consumers, healthcare professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ)

Congressional District Health Dashboard

City Health Dashboard

Florida EMS for Children (EMSC)






Florida EMS for Children (EMSC) is a nationally funded grant program working to improve health care in the field for children.  It is our goal to ensure that pediatric patients receive the best care possible in the prehospital setting.  Often viewed as “little adults,” children actually have very different and specific medical needs.

Introduction to Florida Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership Program

Florida Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

Florida PEDReady

Pediatric Emergency ABCs and More*

National Pediatric Disaster Coalition

Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department

Family Reunification Following Disasters: A Plan

National Model EMS Clinical Guideline (2022)

Prehospital Pediatric Readiness EMS AGENCY CHECKLIST

Florida Poison Information Center Network

Neonatal Resuscitation

Pediatric Basic and Advanced Life Support

Adult Basic and Advanced Life Support


National EMS Information System (NEMSIS)

EMS HeatTracker

Quick-reference guide: Selecting the appropriate PPE

The Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator Training


American National Red Cross



The American Red Cross, also known as the American National Red Cross, is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States.

American National Red Cross


Florida Healthcare Coalitions




To facilitate better localized planning amongst health care partners, the State of Florida is segmented by seven regional Coalitions led under the direction of the Florida Department of Health. Several of the regions are comprised of multiple Sub-Coalitions. Each of the Coalitions are delineated by a county or member counties and aligns with member ESF-8 or comparable health and medical branch system(s).

The Coalition augments local operational readiness to meet the health and medical challenges posed by a catastrophic incident or event.

The Coalition is intended as a vehicle to coordinate and maintain current hospital preparedness levels while enhancing disaster preparedness and resiliency in other portions of the healthcare system.

The Coalition is NOT designed nor intended to be a disaster response organization. Disaster response activities are managed through existing ESF 8 structures within local jurisdictions as defined in county Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans (CEMP).

Each Coalition has a “Coordinator” who is responsible for area-wide coordination and related cooperative activities of federal, state, and local governments, which also includes a multi-agency coordinating group to assist with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. Our stakeholders include public safety agencies, emergency response personnel, government agencies, hospitals, public health, in-patient care, out-patient medical services, and even amateur radio networks.

Health Care Coalitions in Florida

Bureau of Preparedness and Response

2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities

Region 1
Emerald Coast Healthcare Coalition

Region 2
Big Bend Healthcare Coalition

Region 3Northeast Florida Regional Council
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition (NEFLHCC)
North Central Florida Healthcare Coalition
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness (CHAMP)

Region 4 – West Central Florida Disaster Services
Tampa Bay Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition

Region 5
Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition

Region 6
Southwest Florida Healthcare Coalition

Region 7
Palm Beach County HERC
Broward County Health Care Coalition
Miami-Dade County Healthcare Preparedness Coalition
Keys Health Ready Coalition


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