Emergency Management

Steffen Turnipseed

Chief of Emergency Operations and Preparedness

Our Mission:

“Working together to ensure that Putnam County is Prepared to Respond to Emergencies, Recovery from them, and Mitigate Local Hazards.”


Address & Office Hours

Address: 410 S. State Rd. 19
Palatka, FL 32177
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Chief of Emergency Operations and Preparedness

Steffen Turnipseed

Voice Phone: (386) 326-2793
Email: Steffen.Turnipseed@putnam-fl.gov

Emergency Management Specialist

Danelle Choate

Voice Phone: (386) 326-2739
Email: danelle.choate@putnam-fl.gov

Administrative Coordinator

Mazle Holder

Voice Phone: (386) 329-0380
Fax: (386) 329-0897
Email: mazle.holder@putnam-fl.gov

Hurricane Evacuation Zone Map

A hurricane evacuation zone is a geographic area that has been identified to protect public safety based on the potential for storm surge. Storm surge is historically the most deadly of all hurricane hazards. If a hurricane evacuation occurs, it will be ordered by Zone (A, B, C,D) as shown on these color-coded maps.

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Shelters Information

Directions For AHCA Assisted Living Facility CEMP Submittal and Nursing Home CEMP Submittal

• Emergency Management Plan Review Fees: $250.00
• For new plan review (new licenses and or never reviewed by Putnam County Emergency Management): $500.00

Send plans in Word or PDF format to logistics@putnam-fl.gov.
If your plan is accepted for review Putnam County Emergency Management will send an invoice to the facility address listed in the AHCA Emergency Status System.
Once invoiced submit a check payable to Putnam County BOCC.
All CEMP Reviews have a minimum 90 day lead time.
CEMPS that do not meet criteria or formatting will not be invoiced or reviewed.
For questions please contact Emergency Management at (386) 329-0379.



Hurricane imageStorm Ready

Being part of a Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.

Hurricane imagePlanning

The first important decision is whether you stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.

Hurricane imageCoping

The emotional toll that disasters bring can sometimes be even more devastating than the physical losses sustained.

Hurricane imageServing You

Ensuring that Putnam County is prepared to respond to emergencies, recovery from them, and mitigate Local Hazards.

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