Florida Co-Response Pre-Landfall Tropical Weather Guidance (V2)
The Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT) is activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 response is anticipated to continue in some form over a period of months, extending into and through Hurricane Season in Florida. If a tropical system is forecasted to impact Florida, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) will initiate co-response procedures. A co-response is a scenario where the state will be required to respond to simultaneous events concurrently. FDEM has the overall responsibility for coordinating the severe weather response actions of the SERT. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) will continue to coordinate the protective actions related to safeguarding the health of the citizens and visitors of Florida from COVID-19. As Florida continues to respond to COVID-19 during the 2020 Hurricane Season, the typical protective actions that emergency managers use to respond to tropical systems must be modified to accommodate additional protective actions and physical distancing requirements.