FRCA Forward – February 2019

Apalachee RPC Assists with Shoreline Habitat Study

The Apalachee RPC, in partnership with Ecology and Environment, Inc., is working on a study to help inform future restoration efforts in Apalachicola Bay. The Shoreline Habitats and Resilient Coasts (SHaRC) project was created to evaluate the estuarine shoreline of the Apalachicola Bay system (approximately 250 miles of shoreline), using a customized, geographic information system (GIS) analysis to identify the need and prioritization for future shoreline restoration or stabilization with marsh planting, low-profile reefs or other measures. Funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Coastal Office through a Florida Coastal Management Program grant, the project relies on existing datasets and includes a special focus on identifying/prioritizing shoreline segments that protect critical infrastructure, such as roadways, police stations, fuel storage tanks, and fire stations.
This foundational approach to restoration and coastal resiliency will promote larger, more connected and more cost-effective restoration, targeting the areas of greatest need.  It is expected to serve as a model for planning shoreline restoration across the Gulf Coast and beyond. Results of the analysis will be available by June 2019. For more information, contact Joe Crozier ( or Rick Harter (

Northeast Florida Regional Council Building a Resilient Healthcare System

Imagine a sinkhole developed at the entrance of your 500-bed hospital; an assailant entered your building and caused severe bleeding injuries to multiple victims; a natural disaster caused many of your county’s healthcare facilities to evacuate; or pandemic influenza kept 40% of your workforce from coming to work. These and many other scenarios are used by the Northeast Florida Regional Council to train and exercise local emergency response and healthcare partners across 18 counties in north Florida to prepare them for all-hazards emergencies.


The Northeast Florida RC is contracted by the Florida Department of Health to manage three Healthcare Coalitions covering 18 counties in north Florida. Regional Healthcare Coalitions extend beyond the traditional hospital and emergency response partners to include 17 different healthcare provider types. The goal of the coalitions is to bring together all sectors of healthcare, both public and private partners, to build a healthcare system that is resilient following natural and public health disasters. Coalition members participate in planning activities, workshops and exercises planned by the Northeast Florida RC to learn about the hazards and vulnerabilities to our healthcare system and develop strategies to prepare to meet these challenges.


Major projects include initiating the Stop the Bleed program across our school districts, bringing speakers from Las Vegas to learn more about the healthcare challenges following the October 2017 active shooter event, and funding member projects to address identified gaps in our healthcare system.  At the Stop the Bleed Kickoff Training Event, US Congressman and former Jacksonville Sheriff, John Rutherford attended to show support for this lifesaving program.

Please visit the healthcare coalition websites to learn more about coalition activities.
North Central HealthCare Coalition
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness – CHAMP


Tampa Bay RPC Hosts Flood Risk and Mitigation Public Information Working Group

On January 31, 2019, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council partnered with local municipalities to conduct the Flood Risk and Mitigation Public Information Working Group.

Previously, several jurisdictions within the region operated separate Programs for Public Information. Municipal staff have taken the lead on coordinating a multi-jurisdictional program. This coordinated effort improved consistency in messaging area-wide and helped avoid duplication of efforts.

This opportunity assisted municipal employees, insurance professionals, real estate professionals and stakeholders to work closely with each other to:

  • Identify flood information needs, target audiences, and associated messages
  • Coordinate projects (regionally and jurisdictional) to relay flood information
  • Identify flood risks and potential mitigation opportunities
  • Identify partnership opportunities
  • Provide support to LMS WG


Following the meeting was a special training opportunity presented by Lisa Foster, CFM Floodplain Administrator of Pinellas County. Ms. Foster presented the Pinellas Flood Risk and Flood Map Service Center Tool for Insurance Professionals, which addressed the recent Flood Insurance Rate Map update and how to access that information on the online.




       FEPA 2019 Annual Meeting and Work Session
       February 4-8, 2019
       Hilton Sandestin
       Miramar Beach, Florida
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