To develop disaster resistant communities in concert with empowered and educated citizens and neighborhoods.
To protect the life and preserve the property of Tampa's citizens, businesses and visitors through effective prevention, preparation, response and recovery activities before, during and after disasters and emergencies.
OEM has taken a practical, no-nonsense approach to all-hazards emergency planning, which includes threats from hurricanes and other weather related emergencies, as well as man-made or technological events such as utility disruptions, hazardous materials spills and terrorism.
OEM works with a multitude of non-profit agencies, business community leaders and concerned citizens to ensure that Tampa Bay and its residents are more than ready to survive any major disaster.
Tampa has an established Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that hosts more than 75 representatives from an assortment of local government and non-profit organizations. The Tampa EOC enables the efficient use of City personnel and other agencies to perform multiple tasks, coordinate emergency management activities, and continue to provide City government functions before, during and after disasters strike.
The EOC supports field response operations using the principles and components applied from the Incident Command System. It uses nineteen Emergency Support Functions to consolidate multiple agencies that perform similar or like functions into single, cohesive units that allow for the better management of disasters.
The Tampa Office of Emergency Management program is organized within the framework contained in the National Response Plan (NRP). The NRP establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents. The plan incorporates best practices and procedures from incident management disciplines - homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, firefighting, public works, public health, responder and recovery worker health and safety, emergency medical services, and the private sector - and integrates them into a unified structure. It forms the basis of how the federal government coordinates with state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector during incidents. The program elements include those items developed to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies. The order of the program elements does not necessarily represent their importance or priority.