The Office of Emergency Response (OER) responds to environmental pollution threats in every form. Responding to incidents involving petroleum spills caused by vehicle accidents to chemical plant explosions to coastal oil spills, OER provides technical and on-site assistance to ensure threats to the environment and human safety are quickly and effectively addressed.
In addition, the office works with local public safety officials and emergency response contractors to minimize threats to the environment. OER offices are located throughout the state, with headquarters in Tallahassee.
John Johnson, Director, Office of Emergency Response John Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Florida State University. In 2003, Johnson joined DEP and began working in the Division of Water and later spent time as an inspector in the Division of Waste Management. In 2010, he joined the Office of Emergency Response, and by 2015 he was promoted to director of OER. Director Johnson is the state’s representative on the U.S. National Response Team’s Regional Response Team IV, and was appointed by the Governor to the State Emergency Response Commission. Johnson is also the Emergency Coordination Officer for the State Emergency Operation Center’s Emergency Support Function-10 and a member of the State Emergency Response Team and Apalachee Local Emergency Planning Committee.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.