Spring 2017

The knowledge that the Florida Police Chiefs Association has adopted a plan will provide a large number of trained officers, on the ground, fully equipped and ready to handle any task is a significant public safety re- source and should provide a sense of security for all communities. We have done a good job putting together an initiative that will meet our needs and will meet the needs of impacted communities. We can house and feed ourselves in large numbers, can perform any task for others and can still maintain our daily operations for ourselves.

Hurricane Matthew Experience in 2016 In 2016 Hurricane Matthew was heading for the east coast of Florida. At one point in its track, it was projected to come ashore as a Category 4 hurricane and impact the entire coast from Miami to Jacksonville. It is a good thing that direction and strength did not materialize when Hurricane Matthew struck. The FPCDTF is not prepared for such an event today. The FPCDTF was only able to muster a handful of officers to respond to the needs of com- munities that were impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

There has been a very significant turnover in chiefs throughout the state in the past 5 years. We have not been hit by a major storm in 10 years. The commitment to the FPCDTF has diminished with time and with incomplete under- standing of the plan. These factors have placed our ability to respond in jeopardy.

It is essential that all chiefs become familiar with the FPCDTF and re-commit resources to this effort so that we will be able to provide the necessary assistance in future disasters. Copies of the plan are available through the Florida Police Chiefs Association. Additional information can also be obtained from Chief Peter Paulding (retired), Gulf Breeze, Florida. His email is

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