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State Watch Office SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. Eric K. Conklin Deputy Chief of Operations 850-528-7526 Watch Office Operations. Brief background for non-activation operations: Formerly, State Warning Point (SWP) 24-7-365

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State watch office situational awareness


Eric K. Conklin

Deputy Chief of Operations


Watch office operations
Watch Office Operations

Brief background for non-activation operations:

  • Formerly, State Warning Point (SWP)

  • 24-7-365

  • Weekday staffing 0700 to 1800: Duty Officer; Plans Officer; Meteorologist; Operations Officer/Operator; Operations Supervisor

  • Weekend staffing 0700 to 1800: Duty Officer; Operations Officer/Operator; Operations Supervisor

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Watch Office Operations

  • From 1800-0700 minimum of one Operations Officer/Operator in Watch Office at all times

  • After 1800: the Duty Officer is On-Call

  • (Watch Office activation staffing level varies depending on level and/or requirements: for example, two 12 hour shifts (A/B); multiple Operations Officers/Operators)

Situational awareness
Situational Awareness

  • Daily: Operations Staff monitor major television networks, online news websites, online radio news stations, and email-based “Breaking News Alerts”

  • Also monitor other websites of interest related to EM, Domestic Security, and potential threats to the State

  • Draw information from Regional Coordinators, County Warning Points, other field employees, and other State/Federal agencies

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Situational Awareness

  • Meteorology Staff: monitor the weather and produce a variety of weather products for the SERT

  • All SWO staff ensure emergency notifications are made to the Division, SERT, County EM Officials, and others

  • Operations Staff also produce a Daily Situation Report, which is not to be confused with the Situation Report produced during activation times by ESF 5/Plans

Daily situation report

  • Published daily, normally between 0900-1000, depending on workload

  • Target audience is the Florida EM community

  • Distributed via email to County EM Directors, other SERT members, and Division staff

  • Also posted on



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  • Contact Information for Duty Officer, Plans Officer, PIO

  • Executive Summary

  • Weather Products (vary depending on season)

  • EMAC

  • Significant Events (political rallies, large gatherings)

  • Open Source News (only reliable sources….)

  • Content can change depending on the needs of the day (for example, we do not always have EMAC missions)

Open sources
Open Sources

My Opinion

  • There is quite a bit of free Open Source news on the internet; you can pay for it if you like

  • You do not have to have access to classified information to have actionable intelligence

  • Open source news/intelligence needs to be taken for what it is—unvetted/non-ground truthed information; it’s a starting point, a red flag

State watch office situational awareness
BBC News Americas objective, free, international online news website.

Cnn com http www cnn com a free national international online news website
CNN.com free, national/international online news website.

Google news http news google com news a good free open source news search engine
Google News good, free, open-source news search engine.

State watch office situational awareness

DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report Free subscription service; report is emailed to you (Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs).

Please contact me
Please Contact Me

Eric Conklin, Deputy Chief of Operations

Cell: 850-528-7526

Let me know what type of content you want to see in the Situation Report; suggestions/comments.

Please contact the swo
Please Contact the SWO




Let us know about any significant events that will occur in your county; or anything that should have statewide visibility. We will put them in the Situation Report, with your approval.