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Brevard County Emergency Management
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Mosquitoes spread viruses and parasites that cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue, Zika and malaria. To lessen the likelihood of seeing additional Zika cases in Brevard County, it is important to reduce the number of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes by eliminating containers of standing water which would serve as mosquito breeding grounds.
- Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are container-breeding mosquitoes; elimination of standing water – in pots, abandoned pools, bird baths, old tires, etc. – around homes and businesses is the most effective method of control.
- These mosquitoes are not produced in wetlands or other typical habitats – roadside ditches, retention ponds, swales -- normally associated with mosquito production.
- Mosquito control donuts (larvicide slow release tablets) are available for purchase at home improvement stores. They assist with controlling mosquito breeding in areas of stagnant waters (bird baths, abandoned pools, etc.) and last for approximately 30 days. .
- The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are daytime feeders, take cover by nightfall and do not travel far.
If you notice mosquitoes in the area, notify Brevard County Mosquito Control at 321-264-5032. When outside, wear mosquito repellent and sufficient clothing to prevent being bitten.
These websites provide additional information about Zika:
El Niño tornado season
This winter, due to El Niño's impacts, we expect more and stronger tornadoes than usual from January through April. Florida’s deadliest tornado outbreaks, in 1998 and 2007, occurred during El Niño years. Ensure that you have a tornado plan, and a way to receive notifications about tornado watches and warnings, as many occur during overnight hours when most people are sleeping.
- Obtain a NOAA weather radio, and/or a cellphone app that has a tone alert to awaken you when there is a tornado watch or warning. If you have a newer cell phone that receives Amber Alerts, you will also receive Tornado Warnings if you are in the path of a tornado, but having multiple alerting methods is always recommended.
- Determine where you and your family will take shelter in the event of a tornado: a windowless interior room on the lowest floor of a building is the safest place, unless you live in a mobile/manufactured home. If you have no windowless interior rooms, shelter in an interior hallway and shut the doors to other rooms.
- If you live in a mobile home, see this flyer and make plans to stay in a sturdy structure (perhaps with a friend or family member) throughout a tornado watch.
- When you take shelter from a tornado, wear a bicycle helmet or other head protection, and shoes. Take your cell phone and weather radio with you.
Tornado Watches can last for hours, and mean that conditions are right for a tornado to occur. Tornado Warnings are issued when a tornado has been spotted by an observer or indicated on radar.
Disaster strikes anytime and anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences. Quite often, Brevard County residents become affected by these events.
Emergency Management is an independent department of the county government, reporting to the Board of County Commissioners through the County Manager's Office.
To provide Brevard County residents, businesses and industries, non-profit organizations, and local governments the education and support necessary to reduce the loss of life and human suffering; to minimize property damage; and to protect environmentally sensitive areas from all types of disasters through a comprehensive, risk-based, all-hazard emergency management program.
What Emergency Management Does
Brevard County Emergency Management provides communication and coordination of emergency services before and after a disaster. Emergency Management is also responsible for a number of contingency and preparedness plans, and provides education on how to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters.
- Coordinates emergency operations
- Writes and updates the County's Emergency Management Plan
- Coordinates shelter locations and staffing
- Performs annual compliance reviews on all Health Care Facilities' emergency plans
- Gathers information for Fire and Law Enforcement on which businesses use and store hazardous chemicals
- Coordinates and plans with the State Division of Emergency Management and other local emergency management agencies and organizations
- Coordinates requests for State and Federal help following disasters
- Coordinates and provides training and practice exercises and drills
Brevard County Emergency Management Office
1746 Cedar Street
Rockledge, Florida 32955
Tel: (321) 637-6670
Fax: (321) 633-1738