Community Involvement

Emergency Management is a critical program for the Osceola County. Community preparedness is extremely important to ensure the long-term safety of individuals especially during and after any type of disaster. Increasing community involvement will give citizens the training, education, and resources they need to prepare in advance against various threats. These threats can include natural disasters, such as large storms, technological threats, or man-made disasters. Individuals have to work together to ensure that the community is as prepared as they can be for when disaster strikes.


The Community Emergency Response Team was created to educate individuals in the area who wanted to volunteer and learn about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area. The 9 unit program will train them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. These volunteers have helped in various disasters such as the 2014 floods that impacted Osceola County.

L.E.P.T – Local Emergency Planning Team

The local emergency planning team is composed of community agency officials assigned key roles in the jurisdictions emergency plan to enhance the multi-disciplined, community approach to emergency management. They meet a few times a year to specifically review the Emergency Plan and ensure that is it current and operationally ready. This includes conducting training and exercises to test the plan.

IMT – Incident Management Team

Provides on-scene incident management support during incidents or events that exceed a jurisdiction’s or agency’s capability or capacity. These teams include members of local, state, and territorial entities; Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO), and private sector organizations. The types of incident these teams respond to include fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, ect…