252.3568. Emergency sheltering of persons with pets
(1) In accordance with s. 252.35, the division shall address strategies for the evacuation of persons with pets in the shelter component of the state comprehensive emergency management plan and shall include the requirement for similar strategies in its standards and requirements for local comprehensive emergency management plans. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Education shall assist the division in determining strategies regarding this activity.
(2) If a county maintains designated shelters, it must also designate a shelter that can accommodate persons with pets. The shelter must be in compliance with applicable FEMA Disaster Assistance Policies and Procedures and with safety procedures regarding the sheltering of pets established in the shelter component of both local and state comprehensive emergency management plans.
Added by Laws 2006, c. 2006-71, § 17, eff. July 1, 2006. Amended by Laws 2020, c. 2020-132, § 1, eff. July 1, 2020..
252.3569. Florida state agricultural response team; emergency response to animal, agricultural, and vector issues
The Legislature finds that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the lead agency for animal, agricultural, and vector issues in the state. Pursuant to this responsibility, there is established within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services a state agricultural response team.
(1) The state agricultural response team, in coordination with the division, is responsible for the development, training, and support of county agricultural response teams and other nonemergency support functions.
(2) During emergency or disaster situations, as described by the Florida Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the division shall coordinate with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the purposes of:
(a) Oversight of the emergency management functions of preparedness, recovery, mitigation, and response with all agencies and organizations that are involved with the state's response activities to animal, agricultural, and vector issues; and
(b) Staffing the Emergency Support Function 17 at the State Emergency Operations Center and staffing, as necessary, at county emergency operations centers.
Added by Laws 2018, c. 2018-84, § 2, eff. July 1, 2018.