Training & Information

free training opportunity

We are at the peak of hurricane season and SAFER Santa Rosa is offering local residents an opportunity to become a Trained Disaster Volunteer. Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid photo ID.

When: Sat., Sept. 18

  • Orientation - 9 a.m. - noon

Where: Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations Center, 4499 Pine Forest Road in Milton

Registration deadline: 12 p.m., Sept. 17. Register by calling 850-341-1399 or visit

New Active Shooter Preparedness Videos

The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection is proud to announce that the Active Shooter Preparedness Program Team officially launched three new outstanding videos on the DHS website.

Active Shooter Resources

The no-cost resources are designed to provide faith and community leaders and employers resources to prepare for and mitigate against a natural or man-made emergency or disaster, including an active shooter incident.

Just in Time Training Library

Active Shooter Awareness / Safety / Response Videos: An Active Shooter incident can happen at any time and at any location throughout Florida. In a effort to help Floridians´ prepare for such an incident the Be Ready Florida team has assembled a comprehensive selection of informative Active Shooter Awareness / Safety / Response Videos. These videos cover the following topics:

FEMA Training

Community Emergency Response Team Training: This is a great general preparedness opportunity for citizens that is offered by some County's, usually through the County's Emergency Management Agency.


  • See Something Say Something Hotline: 1-855-FLA-SAFE (855-352-7233)

New Online Course: Religious and Cultural Literacy & Competency in Disaster

FEMA´s Emergency Management Institute is offering a new self-paced, independent study course 505, Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster. This course explores how religious and cultural communities are engaged during disasters, how religious and cultural diversity and practice is protected by law, and how religious and cultural diversity can strengthen emergency management capabilities. The URL to the course can be found here

FEMA's Protecting Houses of Worship

Recent and tragic events have heightened our awareness that houses of worship are not immune from disasters and emergencies. Faith leaders representing many traditions are concerned for the safety of their congregants as they gather to observe their traditions.

In addition to partnering with your local first responders and emergency managers, please feel welcome to use the resources on the  FEMA web page. The information, there, provides specific and actionable steps you can take today. These resources can help you prepare your house of worship for disasters, emergencies, and implement practices that will mitigate their damage. This includes an active shooter event. There is, of course, no way to guarantee complete safety. But there are ways to decrease risks and increase safety.

Building Resilient Communities: Online Training

The RAND Corporation developed a free emergency preparedness online training outlining how organizations and communities can better prepare for emergencies and strengthen their resilience. Resilience means:

  • Mitigating and withstanding the stress of man-made and natural disasters
  • Recovering in a way that restores normal functioning
  • Applying lessons learned from past responses to better withstand future incidents


The training is intended for a diverse range of organizations including:

  • Businesses
  • Civic and volunteer groups
  • Faith-based organizations
  • First responders
  • Health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Local government agencies
  • Mental health providers
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Other health agencies
  • Public health departments
  • Schools and universities