Collier County
FL

Action Item
10466

Recommendation to approve a Resolution and annual Statewide Mutual Aide Agreement between Collier County and other counties, municipalities, and independent special districts and the State of Florida, Division of Emergency Management.

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Department:Emergency ManagementSponsors:
Category:16.E Consent Agenda-Administrative Services Dept

Executive Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Recommendation to approve a Resolution and annual Statewide Mutual Aide Agreement between Collier County and other counties, municipalities, and independent special districts and the State of Florida, Division of Emergency Management.

 

 

OBJECTIVE: To allow reciprocal catastrophic emergency response and recovery assistance between Collier County and other Florida counties, municipalities, independent special districts and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

CONSIDERATIONS: Recent hurricanes, floods and wildfires in Florida have made it very clear that no jurisdiction can respond to a catastrophic event without assistance from other jurisdictions. According to Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines, no assisting jurisdiction may receive remuneration for its services without a formal mutual aid agreement between the two jurisdictions. The Board of County Commissioners approved a prior Agreement and Resolution, 00-418, on November 14, 2000. This proposed Agreement, in addition to the 67 Florida Counties, expands the scope to include independent special districts, Authorities, Community Development Districts and municipalities within Florida. Additionally, the Agreement makes use of binding arbitration to settle billing disputes between parties and forbids participating parties to hire employees in violation of the employment restrictions in the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended.

By signing the Agreement, the County is not obligated to provide mutual aid if the County is unable to do so. The Agreement provides procedures for accessing or responding to requests for mutual aid, defines reimbursable expenses, and provides insurance requirements, indemnification and severability.

The Division of Emergency Management will serve as the central repository for executed Agreements and will provide, at least annually, a listing of participating jurisdictions along with their authorized representatives and contact information.

The agreement is for one year and shall automatically renew each year after its execution, unless within sixty days before that date a participating party notifies the State of its intent to withdraw from the Agreement.

FISCAL IMPACT:  There is no Fiscal Impact.

GROWTH MANAGEMENT IMPACT: There is no Growth Management impacts associated with this Executive Summary.

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS:  This item is approved as to form and legality and requires a majority vote for Board action. - JAB

RECOMMENDATION: To approve the attached Resolution and Agreement between Collier County and other counties, municipalities, independent special districts and the State of Florida, Division of Emergency Management for Statewide Mutual Aid for catastrophic emergency response and recovery assistance resulting from natural or technological disasters.

Prepared by: Dan E. Summers, Director, Bureau of Emergency Services

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