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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Florida Department of Health in Sumter County

Public Health Preparedness 

The Florida Department of Health in Sumter (FLDOH-Sumter) is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function 8 (Health and Medical). FLDOH-Sumter is tasked with staffing Special Needs Shelters in Sumter County as well as having a representative present at the Emergency Operations Center during natural or man-made disasters.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) 

The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County is proud to sponsor the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Sumter County. The MRC is intended to augment local community and state-level health and medical services utilizing pre-identified, trained and credentialed healthcare professionals and medical support staff to respond to a natural or man-made disaster as well as public health emergency. In addition, MRC volunteers may be called upon to work on specific community health projects or initiatives. For more information visit: Medical Reserve Corps

Sumter County is Public Health Ready 

The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County attained this national award which honors a limited number of Health Departments across the nation each year that have proven through a rigorous process that they have established plans, procedures, and protocols to respond to the disaster needs of their local community.

For more information on Project Public Health Ready, go to


Visit the following links for up to date weather information as well as more information on how to prepare for a disaster or public health emergency.

American Red Cross
Florida Public Health and Hurricane System
Florida Division of Emergency Management