Welcome to Putnam County FL Emergency Services!

You Are Why We Are Here

Sat, Dec 15, 2018

Our Mission

Working together to ensure that Putnam County is Prepared to Respond to Emergencies, Recovery from them, and Mitigate Local Hazards

Directions for Emergency Management Plan Submittal

Emergency Management Plan Review Fees: $500.00
For new plan review (new never been reviewed by Putnam County Emergency Management): $250.00
For Annual re-submittal Please submit a check payable to Putnam County BOCC.
Please submit plans electronically on CD to 410 South.State Road 19 Palatka Fl.or Email: logistics@putnam-fl.com If question please contact Emergency Management at (386) 329-0379
  • Special Needs

    Putnam County Special Needs Registry. Click Here to Register Online

    Residents of all ages with special needs, those without transportation and the elderly, require extra attention and preparation in order to stay protected in emergencies.

    Putnam County County government has education programs in place to help these citizens prepare and find safe shelter, however the responsibility for storm preparation rests with individuals and their families or caregivers. That planning needs to happen early. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE STORM IS NEAR! Emergency personnel may not be able to respond when high winds make road travel hazardous. Plan for safe shelter now.

  • Residents with Special Needs Should Register

    Residents with certain medical conditions can get help during an evacuation. Special needs shelters will open for those requiring minimal medical assistance.

    If you have your own transportation to a special needs shelter, preregistration is strongly recommended. If you are registered and need transportation to a shelter, You may bring your caregiver and/or family with you to a special needs shelter. Please note....you are not obligated to go to a special needs shelter once registered, if you have made other safe and secure arrangements.

    Once Registered you will be contacted for more information. After a medical needs review, your eligibility will be assessed. If you don’t qualify for a special needs shelter, other options will be discussed with you.

    Service Animals that have been individually trained to do work or perform a task for a person with a disability are allowed in any shelter; there is no registration requirement

    Pets are only allowed in pet-friendly shelters with prior registration. If you are registered for a special needs shelter and you have no other options for your pet, call Putnam County Animal Services at (386) 326-2793 to register your pet. Animal Services will make arrangements for your pet to be taken to a host home

  • Special Needs Shelter Location

    Assistance at a special needs shelter is limited to basic medical monitoring and back-up electricity . The shelter will be inside a school and will likely be crowded and noisy. Cots may not be available for everyone. While this is a safer location to ride out a storm, it is not for everyone. Many citizens require more comfortable accommodations .

  • Special Needs Supply List

  • What to Expect from a Special Needs Shelter

    The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County and School Board staff these shelters with nurses and other medical personnel.

    Before going to a shelter, arrange to bring at least a two-week supply of any medications you need along with any needed portable equipment. If you have special diet requirements, be sure to pack your own special nonperishable snacks. For your own comfort, bring items such as bedding, sheets, pillows and blankets. Cots are available only on a limited basis and are not guaranteed.Special needs shelters do not have hospital beds

  • Advice for all Residents with Special Needs:

    Whether you go to a special needs shelter or not, here’s some good advice to keep in mind when preparing for hurricane season: Start a personal support network of people you can count on during an emergency. Create an emergency health information card that is customized to you. Complete an emergency contact list with names and phone numbers of family members, friends, doctors, insurance information and hospital preferences. Conduct an ability self-assessment. Know what you can and cannot do. Talk with your health care provider about a realistic plan. Maintain a current list of medications and at least a two-week supply. Keep important equipment and assertive devices in a consistent, convenient and secured place.

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Remember, the best way to make your family and home safer is to be prepared before a disaster happens! Prepare an Emergency Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may also want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car. Recommended Items to Include like Water, non-perishable food and battery.


Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane, A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor local radio and television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments, A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.

Hurricane Evacuation zone Map

A hurricane evacuation zone is a geographic area that has been identified to protect public safety based on the potential for storm surge. Storm surge is historically the most deadly of all hurricane hazards. If a hurricane evacuation occurs, it will be ordered by Zone (A, B, C,D) as shown on these color-coded maps.

Click Here to view the Map

Putnam Hazards

  • Natural Disasters
  • Florida Hazards
  • Technological hazards
  • Terrorist Hazards
Natural disasters such as flood, fire, earthquake, tornado and windstorm affect thousands of people every year. You should know what your risks are and prepare to protect yourself, your family and community.
Technological & Accidental Hazards include technological hazards such as nuclear power plant failures and hazardous materials incidents. Usually, little or no warning precedes these disasters.Unfortunately, the number of potential accidental disasters is escalating due to the increased number of new substances and the opportunities for human error while using these materials. Learn what actions to include in your family disaster plan to prepare for and respond to such incidents.

Throughout human history, there have been many threats to the security of nations. These threats have brought about large-scale losses of life, the destruction of property, widespread illness and injury, the displacement of large numbers of people and devastating economic loss. Learn what actions to include in your family disaster plan to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats.

  • Options for Protection

    Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you learn here, to determine if there is an immediate danger. Read More
  • Stormy Ready

    Being part of a Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms: Read More
  • Coping with Disaster

    Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved. The emotional toll that disasters bring can sometimes be even more devastating than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business or personal property. Read More
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  • Know your Zone

    Hurricane shelters map 2015 LMS Plan (All Sections)
    Pet Friendly Registration Form
    Basic Information for Sheltering Pets

  • Putnam County Online GIS

    Enter your address and you will be provided not only information on your evacuation level, but also the closest shelter, the closest special needs shelter

    Call Putnam County Emergency Management at (386) 329-0379 for help looking up your home’s evacuation level. Regular business hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Click Here to Go To online GIS
  • Online Putnam GIS steps to determine if parcel/residents is located in a hurricane evacuation zone

    Select the “find an address” feature on the top of the page and enter address in question Turn off all layers except for “Major Roads” “streets ”“Emergency management” and “evacuation zones.” pen Legend box and determine if parcel has red, orange, yellow, or purple cross hatching indicating that the parcel is contained within an evacuation zone. Turn on and off the “2011” aerial” layer as needed to insure verification of residual structure. Cross hatching color is reflective of evacuation zone evacuation zone (A-B-C-D).
  • How Do Flood Zones and Evacuation Zones Differ

    Flood zones and evacuation zones are different. They measure different conditions that may not occur at the same time.Flood zones are areas mapped by FEMA for use in the National Flood Insurance Program. Each flood zone designation, represented by a letter or letters, tells homeowners exactly what the risk is for flooding at their property over a period of years, regardless of the cause. By law, all homes in high-risk zones carrying a mortgage must be covered by flood insurance.Evacuation zones, on the other hand, are based on hurricane storm surge zones determined by the National Hurricane Center using ground elevation and the area’s vulnerability to storm surge from a hurricane. The evacuation zones are marked from A through The flood zones and evacuation zones are determined by different methods and have different purposes. A home may be located in a non-evacuation zone, yet still be located in a flood zone because of a nearby stream or pond.Residents must check both zones.An important thing to remember is that flood losses are not covered by homeowners insurance policies. The National Flood Insurance Program makes federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners. Any flooding damage covered under the policy – whether or not a federal disaster declaration is made – will be reimbursed per the policy limits, which can include structural damage or the loss of contents.For more information on flood zones, visit the National Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov or call (888) CALL-FLOOD (225-5356).
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is this program?

    The Putnam County Special Needs/Evacuation Assistance Program is for individuals who have no other evacuation plan and need government sheltering and/or transportation assistance during an emergency. The program provides transportation to general shelters, special needs shelters or a healthcare facility. It also can provide special needs sheltering for those that meet the criteria and are unable to make any other arrangements for shelter during an emergency.

  • How do I register?

    You can fill out the form on-line and it will go to Emergency Management. The form will then be sent to the appropriate departments. They will contact you for more information and to confirm that you are entered into the program

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  • How do I know if I am eligible?

    For transportation, if you have no other way to get to a shelter you can register for transportation assistance. For special needs shelters, if you have no other options for sheltering and you require limited medical assistance such as oxygen, assistance with routine care and medications, or you are dependent on electricity you may qualify for the special needs shelters. Shelters do not have hospital beds, When you fill out a registration form, the Florida Department of Health in Putnam County will determine if you are eligible for a special needs shelter and advise you directly

  • What if I register and do not qualify for a special needs shelter?

    If you do not qualify for a special needs shelter you will be advised by the Dept. of Health Depending on your situation, you will be directed to go to a general population shelter or we will work with you to find an appropriate medical facility where you can shelter during an emergency

  • Can this program help me at other times?

    This program is activated only when we have a declared county emergency, an evacuation is ordered and shelters are opened. However, if you are registered as a special needs person, emergency management will have that information in the event of a localized situation that may require your notification or evacuation.

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