Why does Santa Rosa County have an Emergency Management Department?

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.

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1. Why does Santa Rosa County have an Emergency Management Department?
2. What is an emergency operations center (EOC)?
3. What should I do to prepare for a disaster?
4. How can I tell if I have to evacuate for a hurricane?
5. How will I be notified to evacuate?
6. Where are the evacuation shelters located and what do I need to take when I go to a shelter?
7. What do I do with my pet?
8. What is Mitigation?
9. What is the National Flood Insurance Program?
10. What should I do if my child is at school or daycare during an emergency or evacuation?
11. What protective actions should I take in the event of a tornado?
12. If I have special medical needs do I go to a regular public shelter?
13. How long before the Fire or Police will come and check on me?