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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County

Emergency Preparedness 

The Emergency Preparedness (EP) program works to coordinate federal and state policies with planning efforts at the local level. Our EP Planner collaborates with partners in the community to coordinate resources and emergency response plans and activities to provide the best protection through preparation, response, and recovery operations for Santa Rosa County citizens from man-made and naturally occurring disasters.

Emergency Kits 

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. The best way to prepare is to have an emergency kit ready. An emergency kit should include but not be limited to:

  • Food and water for 3 days
  • Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and medications
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

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Personal Preparedness 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free online courses to help you and your family prepare for disaster situations.

FEMA Training Courses

Here are some suggested courses found on FEMA's site:

  • IS-22: Are you Ready? An in depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
  • IS-55a: Household Hazardous Materials - A Guide for Citizens
  • IS-248: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the American Public