Emergency Management Services
Santa Rosa County is vulnerable to a variety of hazards that threaten our communities, businesses and the environment. The CEMP is a continuous “work-in-progress”. This document provides a framework for the County to be as prepared as possible to deal with all types of hazards. Division of Emergency Management will continue to evaluate all hazards listed in the CEMP and define guidelines for effective response, recovery and mitigation for each incident. Current and future guidelines will be evaluated through real-world events (local or national/world-wide), training exercises and from ‘lessons learned’. Modifications or amendments to the CEMP may be made based on recommendations from the Board of County Commissioners, Administrators, Disaster Managers Group or public comments.
The purpose of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is to provide a location where multiple levels of government, agencies, and organizations can coordinate decisions, resources, and public information on a strategic level. The EOC is a support element to the Incident Command structure. For all incidents, regardless of cause, response will focus on actions taken to save lives, sustain life, and protect infrastructure.
The main section of the CEMP has been expanded from the original concept. This document has better defined roles, guidelines and includes detailed goals and objectives. In the annex each appendix is expanded, charts are in compliance with NIMS and maps have been updated with current data. The Communications Standard Operating Guide (SOG) and Emergency Support Function (ESF) Plan appendix are more comprehensive and better organized with greater detail.
Key items of the CEMP include:
We are continuing to work on shelter capacity deficits. Safety concerns for shelters in risk areas would be compounded by the high probability of it becoming isolated due to storm surge water surrounding the shelter’s location and/or bridge failure/closure due to erosion/damage, placing unnecessary risk to citizens when moving to a safe location.
Other types of shelters being reviewed are ‘pet friendly’ shelters.
Recovery Element specifies information describing facilities and operations for County Staging Area (CSA), and Points of Distribution (POD). PODs are typically the function of Santa Rosa County. Sterling Fibers has been identified as the CSA. The CSA will be fully operational and adequately staffed to receive and distribute emergency relief supplies within the first 24-72 hours after an event. Resources will be delivered for the first 72 hours from the State’s Logistical Staging Area (LSA) to the PODs. After 72 hours the County takes over LSA deliveries directly to the CSA and will assume responsibility for forward movement of resources to the PODs. PODs are identified below and on page 148-149.
Recovery facilities such as Comfort Stations, Volunteer Reception Centers, Disaster Recovery Centers, Feeding/Distribution sites and Temporary Living Areas through Long-Term Recovery are defined from page 150-159. Potential Recovery Site locations table is listed on page 153-154.
Defines goals and objectives for pre- and post-disaster describing coordination and management responsibilities for:
Two newly formed team responsibilities and functions are defined for the