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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County

Physical Address:

Milton Location
5527 Stewart St.
Milton, FL, 32570

8 a.m.–5 p.m.


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.

2024 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays

The two-week holiday period is June 1 - June 14 and August 24 - September 6.

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 seven 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 seven days (week ready)
  • 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

For more information about emergency kits, please visit or

Generator Safety 

Watch the video above for more information on generator safety and preparedness.

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-5.a: Introduction to Hazardous Materials
  • IS-247.a: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)


SAFER Santa Rosa County is a humanitarian association of independent organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster.

SAFER Santa Rosa is not a competing or exclusionary organization. SAFER Santa Rosa is intended to be a network for organizations active in disaster. Each SAFER member organization will maintain its own identity and independence while closely collaborating with other SAFER Santa Rosa member organizations.

Emergency Management | Santa Rosa - SAFER


Do you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to keep you, your family, and others safe during an emergency situation? The BRACE mission is to help make our community disaster-resilient through public-private partnerships to educate, train, and engage volunteers. Click on the link below to learn more about BRACE.

Be Ready Alliance for Coordinating Emergencies (BRACE)


  • Business Continuity Initiative
  • Citizen Corps
  • Disaster Planning
  • Marketing
  • Training Programs
  • Veteran Outreach
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Projects
  • Volunteer Outreach
  • Youth and Disabilities
  • Community Emergency Readiness Team (CERT)
  • Medical Reserve Corp/Disaster Response Group