Oviedo Fire Department Masyhead

What Happens After a Disaster?

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What Happens After a Disaster?


     The City of Oviedo Fire Rescue Emergency Management and ALL City Departments are actively engaged throughout the entire community in conducting a city wide survey for immediate Life Threatening Hazards following a disaster.  The City of Oviedo Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan specifies a method of surveying the entire Oviedo community utilizing a grid system and allocating emergency services and public works teams into each grid.  Immediate Life Threatening Hazards are addressed during this phase. Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, this process can take several hours or up to 24 hours.

     After completion of the Life Threatening City Wide Survey, the disaster management operations move towards Recovery Operations which include debris removal from the major roadways and other city streets, restoration of utility service including (but not limited to) water, sewage, telephone, cable, gas, electric, etc).  The Restoration Phase is also contingent upon many private utility providers and the resources they allocate to the area.  All of these efforts are coordinate via the City of Oviedo Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, this process can take several hours to several days or perhaps weeks in extreme disaster situations.

     The City of Oviedo Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan includes management of Debris Removal.  Any disaster that exceeds the capabilities of our local Publc Works Responders will require the activation of our contractual Debris Contractor.  Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, this process can take several days to a week or longer to fully mobilize.  Debris removal is typically the longest and most costly phase of disaster recovery operations.  We appreciate your patience as we work tirelessly during this recovery phase.

     You can greatly assist us during the Debris Removal Phase by following these guidelines:

  • Remove your tree and vegetation debris to the curb side without placing in the roadway.  Debris should be placed between the road side and sidewalk.  An open road way is essential for emergecny response and debris cleanup operations.

  • Makesure you keep debris away from storm drain inlets as this may result in localized flooding due to blockage of the storm water system.

  • Make sure you keep seperate vegetation debris from building debris as these cannot be mixed during the removal operation and may impede the ability to cleanup in front of your home.

  • Do not place debris of any type on or near a fire hydrant.  Fire hydrant must remain visible.

  • Do not place debris of any type on or near mail box.  U.S. Postal Service needs access to your mail box.

  • Do not attempt to burn debris of any type.  This is a serious hazard and may result in the spread of fire or dangerous smoke conditions or damage the roadway or other public or provate property.

  • Be extremely alert of falling trees, leaning trees, or dangerous limbs that may still fall.  It is your responsibility to work with a contractor to attend to tree problems on your property.  You may wish to consult your insurance carrier on this matter.

  •       The next phase and commonly is already in progress during the above phases is Damage Assessment and Short Term Sheltering.  The Damage Assessment is conducted by Building Officials in which Building Inspectors are surveying the physical damage to both residential and commercial buildings.  The damage assessment totoals are forward to FEMA in order to achieve a federal disaster declaration.  The Short Term Sheltering is made available when individuals homes are unhabitable and these shleters are normally the Public School Shelters.  This sheltering is normally only available for several days or weeks or until the school system resumes.  Long Term Housing may also be implemented however this is an extensive operation that takes a considerable amount of time to organize.  Normally, your home insurance policy will cover housing expenses and you should consult your carrier.

  •       One other important disaster recovery program includes Point of Distribution (POD) Disaster Relief Supplies.  The POD site is activated only for large scale disasters impacting a significant portion of the population.  The POD site for the Oviedo region has been predetermined and would be established at the Oviedo Marketplace Mall.  Typical disaster relief supplies may include food, water, tarps, etc., however we strongly encourage you to develop a Family Disaster Plan including Diasster Supplies so you may be self sustaining for a period of at least 7 days.

    For more information contact the

     City of Oviedo Fire Rescue Emergency Management Department

at 407-971-5611 or visit our office at 1934 CR 419 West (Behind Fire Station 3)