Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials will deactivate the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from a Level 2 to a Level 3 at 6 p.m. today. The EOC provides direction regarding District activities before, during and after an emergency weather event. District officials had raised the activation level of the EOC Oct. 8 as Hurricane Michael moved through the Gulf of Mexico.
Level 3 activation is a general state of monitoring used during potential emergency weather events, including hurricane season. Level 3 is a monitoring–only activation level, and the EOC will:
- Place all District emergency personnel on standby, while the situation is monitored during normal business hours.
- Check equipment and resources to ensure all is ready if needed.
- Monitor water levels and operate water control structures on water bodies throughout the District’s 16–county area as needed.
- Maintain direct communications with the state EOC as needed.
- Ensure current emergency management information is distributed to all District staff.
The EOC also directs District field crews, responds to requests from the state EOC, and provides water resource updates to state and local emergency management agencies, the media and the general public. The District EOC will expand to include additional emergency personnel as the situation demands.