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Please see our feeding programs information at https://www.santarosa.fl.gov/796/Feeding-Programs.
For remote/virtual school attendees, find information for free meals at https://srcscafe.wixsite.com/foodserv/post/remote-virtual-free-meals-effective-sep-14th.
Find the latest information from Santa Rosa County School District at https://www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/.
Santa Rosa County has enacted ESF 18 in conjunction with the Economic Development Office to provide guidance and coordinate issues with Santa Rosa County’s business community in all phases of emergency management
Small Business Development Center
Many drive-through testing sites are now open throughout the county. You do not have to be pre-screened. Find dates and locations here - https://www.santarosa.fl.gov/803/COVID-19-Testing-Information.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
No, you should call the power company that services your area.
Fire departments provide first response to most medical emergencies.
Stay on the line and let the operator know it was a mistake. If you hang up, we will have to send a Law enforcement officer to your location.
In accordance with and pursuant to the authority of Chapter 252 of the Florida Statutes, the Board of County Commissioners of Santa Rosa County established emergency management regulations to provide effective and orderly governmental control and coordination of emergency operations, and further to establish and maintain an emergency management agency in support of the state comprehensive emergency plan and program. The purpose and intent of this ordinance is to ensure that preparations of Santa Rosa County will be adequate to deal with, reduce vulnerability to and to recover from emergencies or threats thereof, in order to safeguard the life and property of its citizens.
An EOC is a facility designed to serve as a local or regional support center. EOCs represent the physical location at which the coordination of information and resources to support incident management activities normally takes place.
Know what hazards can affect your area. Make a plan that will work for all hazards and discuss it with all family members. Keep a disaster kit (PDF). Resupply the kit when necessary. Listen to emergency officials and local media for information.
Evacuation Zones are designated depending on the strength of the storm based on the storm tidal surge.
Depending on the type of incident, notification to evacuate can come from several sources. You may be notified by telephone through an automated system, news media or emergency responders may drive and give instructions over a loud speaker.
See the shelters page on this web site.
Taking care of your pet in an emergency needs to be part of your emergency plan. Have food, water, sanitation and first aid items for your pet. If you must evacuate, take your pet with you. Learn more about taking care of your pets during an emergency.
Mitigation is defined as any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from a hazardous event. The goal of mitigation is to decrease the need for response as opposed to simply increasing the response capability.
The program helps state, counties, municipalities and agencies to develop, implement and maintain appropriate floodplain management regulations. Administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) NFIP offers federally backed insurance money to communities that agree to adopt and enforce minimum standards for flood plain management to reduce future flood damage. More information.
All schools and daycare facilities are required to have emergency procedures that address safety, emergency provisions, evacuations, school lockdowns and plans for reuniting parents with students. Make sure you are familiar with their plan and incorporate it into your family plan.
The majority of injuries and deaths related to tornadoes occur as a result of flying debris, collapse of buildings or structures, or being caught in an automobile. The best protection is to get in an interior room on the lowest level of a building. Mobile homes and automobiles are particularly vulnerable and should be avoided. If outdoors, a low area away from trees, such as a drainage ditch should be sought for protection.
Persons with impairments, who are self-sufficient and capable of performing activities of daily living without assistance would go to a general public shelter. Those with special needs that would require assistance with medical care would be sheltered in a Special Needs Shelter. A care-giver must stay with you at the shelter.
Depending on the type of disaster this could be minutes or days. In an emergency, these "first responders" assess the extent of the disaster, determine priorities for resources and begin rescue operations. Everyone needs to be ready to take care of themselves for 3 to 5 days. Make a plan, make a kit and stay informed.
If yes, then you should always evacuate.
If you don't know your zone, you can find it by typing your address in our know your zone app. Be ready to follow the evacuation orders issued by officials for your zone.
Santa Rosa County does not have any hurricane shelters south of Interstate 10 because that area is the area of greatest risk. This is not only because of storm surge or wind damage but also the possibility of roads and areas becoming impassable or inaccessible for emergency services being able to reach you.
Make sure you have a plan and if you need to go to the Special Needs Shelter, you must be pre-registered. You can register online, by phone or by mail.
Make sure you have your pet pre-registered and understand the procedures for the pet-friendly shelter. You must stay at the shelter with your pet.
Before an evacuation is ordered, pre-register by calling 850-983-5360. If an evacuation has already been ordered, call 850-983-INFO (4636) to arrange transportation.
The Special Needs Registry allows residents with medical needs an opportunity to provide information to Santa Rosa County so that agencies can communicate emergency preparedness, response and recovery resources to our vulnerable at risk and hard-to-reach residents. The information collected will only be shared with Santa Rosa County and interacting agencies to improve their ability to serve and will not be available to the public. F.S.252.355
Special Needs Shelters are temporary, emergency-type facilities capable of providing special/supervised housing to individuals whose physical or mental condition exceeds the Red Cross Disaster Health Services' level of capability for basic first aid in emergency / disaster shelters but is not severe enough to require hospitalization. Special Needs Shelters are intended to provide an environment of those requiring limited medical assistance or surveillance due to a pre-existing health problem. It is highly encouraged to seek shelter outside the area of danger. Sheltering whether it is a Special Needs Shelter or a General Shelter should be your shelter of last resort.
Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Management maintains the Special Needs registry. Pre-registering is a must for the Special Needs Shelter. Upon receiving the application, the address and appropriate fire department are verified, along with whether the applicant lives in an evacuation and / or flood zone. Santa Rosa County Department of Health reviews the medical portion of the application to assign the most appropriate shelter to meet the applicants' needs. This is why it is of the utmost importance to list all of the applicant's medical history. Once the application is returned to the Division of Emergency Management the information is entered in the database. The applicant will be sent a copy of original application with shelter assignment.
Bi-yearly the Division of Emergency Management will contact you to update your application to verify if your medical needs have changed. A copy of your old application will be mailed to you to review for accuracy. You can either make corrections on the application and mail back to the Division of Emergency Management or call the office and request to speak to the Special Needs Coordinator to make the changes on your application.
Special Needs Shelters are designed for people whose age, frailty, mobility, functional and / or medical disability make them particularly vulnerable and at risk in disaster situations. Special Needs Shelters are designed for those individuals who have pre-existing conditions resulting in medical impairments and who have been able to maintain activities of daily living in a home environment prior to the disaster or emergency situations.
Division of Emergency Management will make every effort of contacting the Special Needs client should a disaster be pending or occurring in their area. The Special Needs client may be asked to prepare to evacuate to a shelter if time permits or should the disaster be of a hazardous type incident they may be advised to shelter in place. Depending on what type of disaster and time, notification may occur through individual telephone calls, local media, emergency responders and / or Reverse 911 (high speed citizen notification system).
Be sure to mark "yes" on the Special Needs application when you submit the Special Needs application to the Division of Emergency Management. Should transportation not have been needed at the time you completed the application but you need it now to get to the shelter, be sure to advise the person calling you notifying you of a pending disaster that you will need transportation. Transportation is furnished through Santa Rosa County School District Transportation Department and Lifeguard Ambulance Service.
Licensed healthcare facilities (nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.) are required to manage their own facilities and have plans for the safety and well-being of their clients and staff. If you or a loved one are living at a healthcare facility review their evacuation plans. Chapter 119, F.S. (2006).
Hemodialysis is not provided at the Special Needs Shelter. Coordinate with your dialysis center on their plans to assure you are able to have your scheduled treatments. Contact your home medical equipment provider on their plan to assure you will have the same care prior, during and after a disaster. Section 400.925(13) and Section 400.934(20)(a)1.,F.S. Specific Authority 381.0303(6)(d), F.S. Law Implemented 381.0303(d), F.S. History-New
A caregiver whether a relative, or paid employee who will remain with you throughout your stay at the Special Needs Shelter. They will furnish supportive care such as assuming primary responsibility for assisting the shelteree to the bathroom, with meals, and care. They will assume responsibility for administering routine medications as in the home setting and will assume responsibility for managing oxygen and equipment.
The nursing staff at the shelter is very limited, a caregiver is to take care of your needs as they would in your home environment. The nursing staff is there to assist should your medical needs exceed your caregiver's medical training / knowledge.
Enhanced 911, or E911, is a system which routes an emergency call to the appropriate 911 center, and automatically displays the caller's phone number and address. The 911 call taker will typically ask the caller to verify this information, which appears on his or her computer screen. In Santa Rosa County, all 911 calls are routed to the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Communications Center, except calls placed within the City of Gulf Breeze. At both of these agencies, you will be asked what type of assistance you need in order to direct you to the appropriate personnel.
Each household or business pays a monthly fee of $0.50 for 911 service on each telephone line that appears on their phone bill. There is no per-call charge for calling 911.
Nine-one-one is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police / sheriff, the fire department or an ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 911. It's better to be safe and let the 911 call taker determine if you need emergency assistance.
If you call 911 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the call taker what happened so they know there really isn't an emergency.
It is not uncommon for people to test their phone by calling 911 or teach their child how to dial 911 by having them actually call and speak to the dispatcher. While we certainly do not want to discourage anyone from using the 911 system, these types of non-emergency calls can delay service to emergencies.
If you would like to test your phone for 911 service or show someone how to properly dial 911, please contact the center using the non-emergency number and advise them of your intentions. If they are not busy, they will gladly assist you.
When receiving a 911 call from a caller speaking a foreign language, the call taker can add an interpreter from an outside service to the line. A non-English speaking caller may hear a short conversation in English and some clicking sounds as the interpreter is added to the line. The interpreter will be speaking to the caller as an extension of the 911 call taker and will repeat exactly what is said between the parties.
Santa Rosa County has the ability to answer 911 calls using special telephone software for responding to 911 calls from Deaf or hearing / speech impaired callers.
If a caller uses a TTY / TDD, the caller should:
If a Deaf or hearing / speech impaired caller doesn't have a TTY / TDD, the caller should call 911 and don't hang up. Not hanging up leaves the line open. With most 911 calls, the caller's address is displayed on the call taker's screen and help will be sent.
Santa Rosa County has implemented Phase I and Phase II wireless service throughout the County.
With Phase I service, the dispatcher receives your phone number and the direction you are from the tower where your call was received. With Phase II service, the dispatcher receives your phone number and the approximate latitude and longitude of where you are calling from.
It is very important that you be able to provide your location when calling from a cell phone as well as your phone number in case the connection is lost.
ILL is a service that allows patrons in good standing to use their Santa Rosa County Library System (SRCLS) card to request print items that SRCLS does not own from other Florida libraries.
Only books (except books published in the last two years) and articles may be requested using ILL. To comply with copyright guidelines, the library can request only five articles, published within the last five years, from a particular journal title PER CALENDAR YEAR.
Print items that have been published in the last two years cannot be requested. If there is a newer title we do not own that you wish to read, please consider making a purchase request. We also do not borrow or lend audiovisual materials of any type.
Patrons can have up to three active requests in process at the same time. This includes requests already submitted for items not yet received. Requests are considered active until items are returned to the library and checked in. Special circumstances may require a change in the number of new requests allowed.
SRCLS only borrows from free lenders, so there is not a fee for borrowing items.
SRCLS is unable to guarantee if and/or when an ILL request will be delivered. Patrons will be notified by the ILL department if a request is unable to be filled. Please note that wait time can exceed 8 weeks in some cases.
Patrons will be notified when their ILL materials are available for pick up. Please make sure your library account has your current email address and phone number for notification purposes.
The length of time a patron may keep ILL materials varies. Each individual lending library or institution determines the loan period for their materials. ILL items cannot be renewed.
Requested items can be picked up at the Santa Rosa County Library of the patron’s choice. Some materials may not be available for check out and will be designated as “In Library Use Only,” such as difficult to replace materials (including those deemed expensive or rare), and materials received for in-house use only.
ILL items that are not picked up by the due date will be returned to the lending library. Photocopies that are not picked up within four weeks will be discarded. Patrons are encouraged to contact the ILL department if they are unable to pick up an ILL request within the specified time limit. Failure to pick up requested items three times may result in loss of ILL privileges.
ILL items may be returned to any library in the SRCLS. Items must be given directly to a staff member; in order to ensure the library has received returned ILL materials, items should not be placed in a book drop nor the attached paperwork removed.
While the SRCLS does not impose overdue fines, an overdue ILL item may incur fines in accordance to the lending library's policies. Failure to comply with due dates three times may result in loss of ILL privileges. All library privileges will be suspended until fees are paid in full.
Patrons are responsible for the damage, replacement cost, and processing fee of any ILL items that are lost, damaged, or stolen in accordance with SRCLS’s policies and as determined by the lending library. All library privileges will be suspended until fees are paid in full. ILL privileges will be revoked on the second instance of lost or damaged ILL materials.
The Santa Rosa County Mosquito Control is offering a free home mosquito inspection program. If you desire for someone to help you locate breeding sites around your home call 850-981-7135.
Encephalitis is a serious inflammation (swelling) of the brain. Arboviral encephalitis is caused by an insect (mosquito)-borne virus. In the United States, these diseases include St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalitis, LaCrosse Encephalitis, and recently, West Nile Virus Encephalitis (WNV).
SLE is the most common of these diseases in Florida. In an average year, one to 10 cases of SLE are reported. Several large outbreaks involving as many as 200 cases have occurred in the state in recent decades.
EEE occurs sporadically in Florida. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of horses. Transmission of the disease from horse to horse to humans is highly unlikely. The mortality rate for infected horses is 50 to 90%. Vaccinating horses properly will prevent them from contracting the disease. Symptoms of the disease in horses include:
In rare cases, humans may contract the disease. The disease is most commonly detected in horses from April through August
Most people who are infected with the West Nile Virus will not have any type of illness. It is estimated that 20% of the people who become infected will develop West Nile fever; mild symptoms, including fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.
The symptoms of severe infection (West Nile encephalitis or meningitis) include:
It is estimated that 1 in 150 persons infected with the West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of disease.
From the time of infection to onset of the disease symptoms for West Nile encephalitis is usually 3 to 14 days.
Symptoms of mild disease will generally last a few days. Symptoms of severe disease may last several weeks, although neurological effects may be permanent.
Contact your health care provider if you have concerns about your health. If you or your family members develop symptoms such as high fever, confusion, muscle weakness, severe headaches, you should see your doctor immediately.
Many people may not even know they are infected with an arbovirus. When symptoms do occur, they may include
WNV may also cause rash or muscle weakness. People 50 and older tend to be more severely affected by SLE or WNV. The most severe cases can lead to coma and death.
There are no human vaccines against St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), or West Nile Virus Encephalitis (WNV).
SLE, EEE and WNV pass back and forth between birds and mosquitoes. Mosquito control agencies located throughout the state monitor mosquito populations. When the virus is detected, mosquito control activities are increased-press releases and public education activities are issued to increase awareness of personal protective measures.
If you have additional questions you may call the Mosquito Control Department at 850-981-7135 or email Keith Hussey.