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SOTOManuel D. Soto, Jr., CEM
Emergency Manager

Manuel D. Soto received his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Social Science from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University in Alabama. Prior to becoming the Emergency Manager for the City of Orlando, Manuel worked as an Emergency Management Planner for two years with Orange County. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army active and reserves component. He was an Infantry Officer and a Communications Officer in the U.S. Army. During his various worldwide deployments, he specialized in tactical command and control communication systems and emergency contingency planning. Manuel also enjoys being active in the world of academia. He is an adjunct instructor with the University of Central Florida Public Administration Program. He is also married with two marvelous children.

Department Functions
The Office of Emergency Management is the coordinating office for the City’s preparedness, response and recovery for all disasters that affect the City of Orlando.

What is Emergency Management?
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for reducing the effects of disasters before they occur, planning for and coordinating the operations and response to disasters, managing resources and coordination of recovery efforts following a disaster as well as providing public information. We work with more than 100 different local, volunteer, state and federal organizations on an ongoing basis and after disasters.

We Educate the Public
We are committed to preparing and informing all City residents and businesses about the potential impacts of disasters. If you would like more information on our public outreach or would like to request a presentation for your organization, please visit the “Contact Us” section of this website.

We Educate the Emergency Management Team
The Office of Emergency Management trains City staff on a regular basis in areas of emergency management such as communications, disaster purchasing, emergency management information software and various other disciplines. We also include our external response partners in all our training. This helps us have a more unified response in the event of a disaster.