State Emergency Response Team Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC)?
A: The SEOC is located in Tallahassee and is the operational and logistical coordination headquarters for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). For more information on the SEOC visit: http://www.floridadisaster.org/stateeoc.htm
Q: What do the SEOC Activation Levels mean?
A: The State EOC levels are defined as:
• Level 3: Normal daily active monitoring
• Level 2: Activation of mission-specific emergency support and planning functions
• Level 1: Full activation of all emergency support functions
Q: What is the State Emergency Response Team (SERT)?
A: The SERT is composed of agency-appointed Emergency Coordination Officers (ECOs) and staff from state agencies, volunteer and non-governmental organizations that operate under the direction and control of the Governor and State Coordinating Officer (SCO). The SERT is grouped into 18 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) that carry out coordination and completion of response and recovery activities in the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) during an emergency or disaster. These ESFs are grouped by function rather than agency, with each ESF headed by a primary state agency and supported by additional state agencies. Figure 1 identifies each ESF and the primary state agency
Q: What social media handles can I follow to get more information?
Facebook: Florida SERT
National Hurricane Center:
Facebook: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
To find local NWS Social Media
Q: Where can I find an individual county emergency management agency’s contact information?
A: All contact information for all 67 counties can be found at the address below.
Q: How can I find the most up-to-date road closure information?
A: For the most up-to-date information on road closures visit or call Florida 511:
Q: Where can I find current state building closures?
A: To find information on state building closures visit the below website:
Q: What do all of the terms from the Hurricane Center mean?
A: The definitions of the different storm types and their watches/warnings are as follow:
• Tropical Storm:
A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed (using the U.S. 1-minute average) ranges from 34 kt (39 mph or 63 km/hr) to 63 kt (73 mph or 118 km/hr).
• Tropical Storm Warning:
An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
• Tropical Storm Watch:
An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. For more information please visit: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutgloss.shtml