Even in an emergency, Florida Courts strive to remain open. Keeping the courts open is an attempt to ensure that no person is deprived access to the courts, even in the aftermath of an emergency.
Why is access to the courts after an emergency important? Because issues of personal safety, due process, and many other issues addressed everyday in the courts will still need to be addressed in the immediate aftermath of an emergency.
The policy goals and other information presented on these web pages relate to the emergency preparedness efforts taken in the Florida State Courts. These efforts are an attempt to "keep the courts open", thereby ensuring access to the courts and justice for the people, even in the aftermath of an emergency.
- We must deal with crises in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone inside our facilities.
- We must “keep the courts open” to ensure justice for the people.
Preparedness and People with Disabilities
Materials and information related to preparedness and people with disabilities are provided below.
- Emergency Evacuation of People With Physical Disabilities From Buildings (PDF)
- Materials from the U.S. Department of Justice
- Information from the American Red Cross
- Guide from the National Organization on Disability (PDF)
Emergency Preparedness Links
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- Florida Evacuates
- Florida County Emergency Management Contacts
- Florida 511 - Traffic Resource from FDOT
For more information on emergency preparedness efforts in the Florida State Courts, please contact Steven Hall.