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Emergency Management Assistance Compact
Florida

Liability

Title

Profession

Summary

Powers, Duties, Privileges, and Immunities: State Employees Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A state employee, a political subdivision employee, or a person who provides emergency management support will have the same powers, duties, privileges, and immunities whether they are providing their services inside or outside of Florida.

Liability: Volunteer during Public Health Emergency

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, an individual who, voluntarily, provides assistance to the State Health Officer will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. They are entitled to workers' compensation if injured or killed while providing assistance.

Good Samaritan Law

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides emergency care outside of a hospital and without proper medical equipment or objection of the injured victim will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Providing Temporary Support to First Responders

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, a person who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides temporary housing, food, water, or electricity to an emergency first responder or their immediate family will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible for acting with extreme carelessness. This legal protection extends up to 6 months after the end of the emergency declaration.

Liability: Volunteer

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who, in good faith and without compensation, volunteers services for a nonprofit will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Use of Real Estate

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who owns or controls real estate and, voluntarily and without compensation, allows it to be used to shelter people during an actual, impending, or mock disaster or attack will not be held legally responsible for death, injury, or damage to property suffered while on their real estate. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinary Medicine

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual or a licensed veterinarian who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides emergency care to an injured animal at the scene of an emergency will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Volunteer

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who volunteers goods or services to a state agency or a nonprofit organization will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Use of an Epi Pen

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual certified to use epi pens or an uncertified person who, in good faith and voluntarily, administers or supplies an epi pen to a person believed to be suffering an allergic reaction will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness. This section applies to the dispensing health care practitioner or pharmacist.

Powers, Duties, Rights, Privileges, and Immunities: Law Enforcement Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Law Enforcement,

An employee of a law enforcement agency who provides care outside the employee's jurisdiction will receive the same powers, duties, privileges, immunities, and workers' compensation as if they were providing care in their home jurisdiction.

License Reciprocity

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Profession

Summary

License Reciprocity

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an out-of-state employee who is in Florida to perform emergency related work or to provide aid pursuant to a mutual aid agreement is not required to follow state or local occupational licensing requirements.

License Reciprocity: Veterinarian

Veterinarian,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an out-of-state licensed veterinarian can apply for a temporary license to enter Florida to provide care to animals. A temporary license will only be valid for 30 days.

Retired License: Nurse

Nurse,

A retired practical or registered nurse who was previously licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction can apply for a retired nurse certificate. The certificate can only be used for serving underserved or critical need populations.

Scope of Practice

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Profession

Summary

Powers, Duties, Privileges, and Immunities: State Employees Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A state employee, a political subdivision employee, or a person who provides emergency management support will have the same powers, duties, privileges, and immunities whether they are providing their services inside or outside of Florida.

Liability: Use of Opioid Antagonist

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual, health care practitioner, or pharmacist who, in good faith, possesses, prescribes, dispenses, stores, or administers an opioid antagonist will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness. A health care practitioner or pharmacist acting in good faith and with reasonable care will not be subject to professional discipline.

Scope of Practice: Pharmacist Emergency Prescription Refills

Pharmacist,

When a hurricane warning by the National Weather Service or a state emergency declaration is in effect, prescription medication refill time restrictions can be waived if the prescription has refills remaining. A pharmacist can dispense a 30 day supply of any prescription.

Scope of Practice: Pharmacist Administration of Vaccines and Epi Pen

Pharmacist,

A pharmacist or a registered intern under the supervision of a pharmacist who has completed the appropriate training can administer immunizations, vaccines, or epi pen. The immunizations and vaccines to be administered are limited to those listed on the CDC Adult Immunization Schedule, the CDC international travel recommendations list, or those approved in response to an emergency declaration.

Scope of Practice: EMT and Paramedic

Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional,

An EMT or paramedic can perform health promotion and wellness activities and administer immunization in non-emergency environments when under the supervision of a medical director. The medical director must verify EMT and paramedic credentials to ensure they have received appropriate training.

Scope of Practice: Veterinarian

Veterinarian,

Only a veterinarian can treat or immunize an animal for brucellosis, tuberculosis, rabies, or equine encephalomyelitis.

Workers' Benefits

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Profession

Summary

Powers, Duties, Privileges, and Immunities: State Employees Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A state employee, a political subdivision employee, or a person who provides emergency management support will have the same powers, duties, privileges, and immunities whether they are providing their services inside or outside of Florida.

Workers' Compensation: Volunteer

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual who volunteers goods or services to a state agency or a nonprofit organization is entitled to workers' compensation if injured or killed while providing goods or services.

Liability: Volunteer during Public Health Emergency

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, an individual who, voluntarily, provides assistance to the State Health Officer will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. They are entitled to workers' compensation if injured or killed while providing assistance.

Workers' Benefits: State Employee Volunteer Leave

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An employee of Florida, who is a certified disaster service volunteer of the American Red Cross, is entitled to leave with regular pay to participate in disaster relief operations within the state upon request of American Red Cross and approval of the employee's agency. Approval of the Governor and Cabinet is required to receive leave for disaster relief outside of Florida. During leave, the employee will not be considered a state employee for the purposes of workers' compensation. This is limited to 15 days in a 12 month period either consecutively or nonconsecutively .

Workers' Compensation: Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement,

A law enforcement, correctional, or correctional probation office who is injured or killed while performing their duties is entitled to workers' compensation.

Powers, Duties, Rights, Privileges, and Immunities: Law Enforcement Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction

Law Enforcement,

An employee of a law enforcement agency who provides care outside the employee's jurisdiction will receive the same powers, duties, privileges, immunities, and workers' compensation as if they were providing care in their home jurisdiction.

Workers' Compensation: Firefighter

Firefighter,

A full time firefighter who is injured or killed while performing their duties is entitled to workers' compensation.

Workers' Compensation: Firefighter

Firefighter,

A firefighter who is extinguishing a fire or protecting life or property is entitled to workers' compensation if injured or killed. A firefighter who is off duty or the location of the fire is outside of their home jurisdiction is not entitled to workers' compensation if injured or killed.

Workers' Compensation: EMT or Paramedic

Emergency Medical Services Professional,

An EMT or paramedic who is employed by a political subdivision and provides life support is entitled to workers' compensation if injured or killed. An EMT or paramedic who provides care outside of their home jurisdiction is not entitled to workers' compensation if injured or killed.