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“Keep the Courts Open”. Emergency Preparedness in the Florida State Courts. Presentation Overview. Court Preparedness Planning Examples of Effective Court Preparedness Planning and Emergency Response The Pandemic Influenza Threat. “Keep the Courts Open”. Court Preparedness Planning.

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Keep the courts open

“Keep the Courts Open”

Emergency Preparedness in the

Florida State Courts


Presentation overview

Presentation Overview

  • Court Preparedness Planning

  • Examples of Effective Court Preparedness Planning and Emergency Response

  • The Pandemic Influenza Threat


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“Keep the Courts Open”

Court Preparedness Planning


Leadership

Justice Anstead

Justice Wells

Justice Pariente

Justice Lewis

Leadership

  • We must deal with crises in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone inside our facilities

  • We must “keep the courts open” to ensure justice for the people

Chief Justices of the Florida Supreme Court, 9/11 to Present


Leadership1

Chief Justice

R. Fred Lewis

Leadership

“First and foremost is an open and operational courts system in the face of no matter what may occur….We must prepare, prepare, prepare. We must continue to do so.”

-- From the Passing of the Gavel Ceremony, June 30, 2006


The preparedness planning steps

The Preparedness Planning Steps

  • Staffing

    • Emergency coordinating officers (ECO) and public information officers (PIO)

  • Connecting

    • Emergency management, law enforcement, local bar association, fire and rescue, health officials, etc.

  • Coordinating

    • CEMG and CEMT

  • Planning

    • Administrative and emergency procedures

    • Continuity of operations plans (COOP)


Administrative and emergency procedures

Initial Response to Emergencies Will be Outlined and Should be Followed Based on the Administrative and Emergency Procedures

An Individual or Group will make an Initial Assessment as to Whether or Not the Primary Facility Needs to be Closed

Does Emergency Cause

the Closure of Primary Facility?

Immediately

No

Yes

Handle the Emergency Situation as Outlined in the Administrative and Emergency Procedures

Yes

Is the Length of the Closure Minimal and Acceptable?

No

Address Emergency and Resume Full Operations in Primary Facility

Address Emergency and Resume Full Operations in Primary Facility

COOP

Administrative and Emergency Procedures

Emergency Pending or Occurs

A copy of this PowerPoint is available at

www.flcourts.org (Click on “Emergency Preparedness”)


Continuity of operations plan coop

An Individual or Group will Assess Whether or Not Full Operations in the Primary Facility can be Reconstituted within 30 Days of COOP Activation

Activate COOP and Begin the Process toward Performance of Mission Essential Functions in a Predetermined and Temporary Alternate Facility

Can Full Operations in Primary Facility be Reconstituted in 30 Days?

Immediately

Yes

No

Immediately Begin Efforts to Reconstitute Full Operations within 30 Days in a Long-Term Alternate Facility

Perform Mission Essential Functions under the COOP on a Temporary Basis

Perform Mission Essential Functions under the COOP on a Temporary Basis

Transfer Back into Full Operations in the Primary Facility

Full Operations in a Long-Term Alternate Facility Initiated within 30 Days

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

COOP

A copy of this PowerPoint is available at

www.flcourts.org (Click on “Emergency Preparedness”)


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“Keep the Courts Open”

Examples of Effective Court

Preparedness Planning and Emergency Response


Examples of the impact of hurricane ivan

Examples of the Impact of Hurricane Ivan

M.C. Blanchard Courthouse in Pensacola Florida


Examples of the impact of hurricane ivan1

Examples of the Impact of Hurricane Ivan

M.C. Blanchard Courthouse in Pensacola Florida


The primary alternate facility

The Primary Alternate Facility

The Pensacola Civic Center


Courtrooms at the alternate facility

Courtrooms at the Alternate Facility

Courtroom with Jury Box at the Alternate Facility


Mission essential functions at the alternate facility

Mission Essential Functions at the Alternate Facility

Justice Barbara J. Pariente visits Pensacola

to Review the Response to Hurricane Ivan


Long term alternate facilities

Long-Term Alternate Facilities

Judicial Trailer Park


Examples of the impact of hurricane dennis

Examples of the Impact of Hurricane Dennis

Santa Rosa County Courthouse in Milton Florida


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Examples of the Impact of Hurricane Dennis

Santa Rosa County Courthouse in Milton Florida


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The Pandemic Influenza Threat


A unique concern for florida

A Unique Concern for Florida


Current status

Current Status

WHO global influenza preparedness plan. World Health Organization. Switzerland: Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response, 2005.


Strategy for pandemic influenza

Leads to

Leads to

Leads to

Strategy for Pandemic Influenza

Improved Capacity to

Achieve the Strategic Goals

Improved Capacity to

Achieve the Tactical Objectives

Improved Capacity to Implement the COOP Process for Responding to a Pandemic

Complete the Planning Tasks

A copy of the Strategy is available at

www.flcourts.org (Click on “Emergency Preparedness”)


Wrestle with the tough issues

Wrestle with the Tough Issues

  • Legal Issues

    • Unsettled law, public health related cases, bench books, etc.

  • Personnel Issues

    • Leave, payroll, employee assistance, workers comp, etc.

  • Technology (no or limited face-to-face contact)

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Employee Education and Family Preparedness (Two week supply?)

  • Jury

  • Testing and Exercising Plans


Questions or comments

Questions or Comments

FYI, some questions I hope you don’t ask:

  • Has every Florida court fully developed their plans?

  • Has implementation been like making sausage?

  • How have the Florida courts addressed NIMS compliance?

  • How have the Florida courts addressed respiratory protection programs and other PPE policy issues?

  • How do courts access DHS funds?

  • Which, if any, ESF do the courts fit into?

  • How do courts ensure they can protect their records?

  • What are your experiences with satellite phones?

  • Are the courts really that important in an emergency response?

Contact Information:

Greg Cowan 850-922-5460 or [email protected]

Additional Information:

www.flcourts.org(Click on “Emergency Preparedness”)


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