All counties in the State of Florida are mandated by Florida Statute to develop and maintain a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for their county. Martin County's plan includes elements addressing the basic planning, recovery and mitigation planning, hazard specific appendices and 19 emergency support functional annexes. The CEMP is the County's book and tool for preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation for any disasters that Martin County is vulnerable. The County CEMP identifies the "who, what, when, where and how" Martin County will activate and respond to a disaster in Martin County.
The County Emergency Management Agency is responsible to develop and maintain the CEMP. It is required that it be updated and submitted to the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management every four years, or more often if significant changes are necessary.