• SAFER Santa Rosa Newsletter - February 5, 2018

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    February 05, 2018
    SAFER - Support Alliance For Emergency Readiness
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    February 5th, 2018

    Hello everyone. I wanted to let you know that this year is SAFERs 10th anniversary so we are hoping to do some great things this year. If you have idea for something fun (and service oriented) share it with me. I am hoping we can have a lot of participation at the annual meeting this year as well. In 2017 we had no fund raisers so if you have ideas about fund raising please share those as well, and as always, we have this list of needs that will not address themselves. Have a great week!
    In conjunction with the Northwest Florida Fusion Center, and other Regional Domestic Security Task Forces across the state, please consider promoting the use of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative Training in an ongoing manner throughout your organizations and personnel.  (Annually recurring would be nice)   
    The SAR training is online, free and is meant to help increase personnel awareness of indicators that could potentially be indicative of terrorism (or other crimes), and of how to report them. 
    Please also keep Florida’s Suspicious Activity Hotline # handy.  The number is:  1-855-FLA-SAFE  (1-855-352-7233).  This is answered by the Florida Fusion Center 24/7.
    The training is located at https://nsi.ncirc.gov/training_online.aspx
    I have been approached many times in the last month about a cold weather shelter for South Santa Rosa. If you think you can help get one started get with me and I will link you up with like minded people.


    (last posting for those marked in red)
    • Got this from Nancy in the Milton area. "I am contacting you about mold taking over my home mh , I am a 61 years old and it has effected my health with several of health issues, my husband sprays bleach and all that does is hide it for about two weeks. It is in both bathrooms, kitchen, den, basically everywhere. I don't want to die over this, its taken my lungs to the point of getting oxygen my phone home 850-564-7713 or cell 850781-7941 , I'm on fixed income .my health already bad it has made it even worse.
    • Mark, a disabled man in East Milton has a trailer with the following needs; Window Frame, Floor has holes, Steps in need of repair, Handrail is unsteady,  House is not properly insulated. If you can help with any of these, please call him at  850-736-3007.
    • Deborah, in the Jay area needs roof repairs please call 675-0845 if you can help.
    • Charles an elderly veteran in the Chumuckla are needs some branches removed from a tree near his home. If you can assist, please call 994-1681
    • Joyce, a elderly woman in the Milton area, needs help with roof repairs. If you can assist please call 850- 255-4308
    • Elderly disabled woman named Alvina in the Navarre area needs a dead tree removed from her yard. She also needs some trim repair to her house. If oyu can help, please contact her at 850-686-0562
    • Elderly woman in Navarre needs help with roof repair, if you can assist please call Janet at 619-7827
    •  Disabled man in Gulf Breeze area needs tree removed from yard, if you can help please call 206-4944 
    • Slavica, a woman in the Jay area, needs help with a leaking roof. If you can assist please call her at 324-2967
    •  An elderly woman in Navarre needs help with the following: Garage door is broke, gate needs replaced, needs plumbing, needs electrical work. Call her daughter Laura at 251 303 9556 if you can help. 
    • An elderly man named Merther in East Milton has a Mobile home with a leaking roof, and his kitchen and living room needs new flooring. If you can assist please call 382-9326
    Florida Association For Volunteer Resource Management (FAVRM) Winter Forum
    Volunteers and Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management, Public Safety & Health Emergencies
    Florida is prone to hurricanes, tornadoes and other types of disasters that can impact your organization and the community you serve. Managing disasters and managing volunteers is important. The winter Forum will focus on all phases and functions of Emergency Management. Presenters, trainers and program managers from community-based organizations as well as local, state and federal emergency management agencies will be represented. This is a great opportunity to learn how your organization can become more resilient to disasters and more effectively utilize your volunteers and others to serve your community after a disaster.

    If you have not already registered please do so ASAP.  This link will take you to the website:   https://favrm.wildapricot.org/
    General Terms and Conditions for Vendors
      Vendor Space: 10 X 6 area with one 6’ X 8’ or one 6’ X 10’ and two chairs.Electricity is provided for gold vendors only if requested. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own extension cords. Extension cords must be secured to the floor to prevent a tripping hazard.
    1. You are requested to setup your booth between 2 pm and 6 pm the afternoon before the event or by 7:30 am the day of the expo.  We kindly request that you keep your vendor space open and do not begin packing up supplies until the event ends at noon.
    2. Full payment and all required documentation as specified herein must be received before booth space is confirmed. RSVP reserves the right to cancel or sell the booth to another organization if payment and required items are not received by March 1.
    3. Vendor is responsible for proper disposal and /or removal of all trash and materials on the day of the event. Vendor shall ensure nothing is left on the premises following the event.
    4. RSVP reserves the right to refuse participation to any party based on inappropriate conduct or booth content.
    5. Concession rights remain the exclusive property of RSVP. Vendors cannot sell food or drink items at the event. Vendor is permitted to offer free food or drink samples. All alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
    6. No part of vendor display may extend outside the allotted booth space. Material may not go into the aisle, infringe, or otherwise block an adjoining booth. RSVP reserves the right to remove obstructions or reassign booth space at its sole discretion to improve safety, access or visibility.
    7. RSVP is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Vendors must store valuable items of door prizes away for easy reach of visitors.
    8. Representatives of vendor booths are not eligible for the door prizes that are meant for registered visitors and guests of the event.
    9. Vendors are not allowed to give out their known goodie bag. Santa Rosa Medical Center will have the exclusive right to give out bags to visitors and guests.
    Contact RSVP for vendor forms 850-983-5220 phone • rsvpofsr@gmail.com
    Public Information Officer      Sgt. Rich Aloy   850-983-1225    RAloy@srso.net

    As you are aware this is a Teen Driver Program geared towards teenager driver education. We provide this driver education program to young Santa Rosa Citizens who just received their Basic Driver Education learners permit or have been driving for a short time. 
    We just completed our first class, which successfully graduated 100% of the teens that participated. In order to provide a more effective and educational course, we are in need of a few items. Teen Challenge is funded by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of local donations. Per your request, here are some items which can make our program a bigger success.
    • Multi-purpose vehicle (Golf Cart Type) for driver training with vision goggles.
    • Small towable open trailer to transport course equipment
    • Large coolers for drinks
    • Canopy tents for shade and lunch areas.
    • Traffic Cones
    • Small electric generator
    Again, thank you for your offer to help support this important program. Together, we can affect the lives of young drivers on our roadways.
    The Milton Senior Advisory Council has been asked to provide a list of senior activities in Santa Rosa County. COA Sites 1-7: to receive a meal you must first register at the site number listed. Questions on activities should be directed toward the phone number listed for that site. Unless stated otherwise, all activities are FREE. Google directions: Click on the blue text; then click on DIRECTIONS:
    If you are aware of other senior activities open to the public, please reply to this email.

    Site 1- Christ United Methodist Church
    5983 Dogwood St, Milton Fl 32570
    850-983-4590, Meals: 9:00 to 12:00
    Site 3-
    Chumuckla Community Center
    2355 Hwy 182 West, Pace FL 32571
    850-994-3795 , Meals:9:00 to 12:00
    Site 4 -
    First United Methodist Church of Pace
    4540 Chumuckla Hwy, Pace FL 32571
    850-995-3795  Meals:9:00 to 12:00
    Site 5-
    EH Pullum Senior Center
    8476 Gordon Goodin Ln, Navarre Fl 32566
    850-936-1644 Meals:9:00 to 12:00 Mon - Th
    Site 6-
    Jay community Center
    5259 Booker Ln, Jay FL 32565
    850-675-0810 Meals:9:00 to 12:00

    Site 7-
    Bagdad Community Center
    6860 Pooley St, Bagdad FL 32530
    850-983-4500 , 850-516-9367
    Meals:9:00 to 12:00
    Site 8-
    Santa Rosa Health & Rehab
    5386 Broad St, Milton FL 32570, 623.4661
    Site 9-
    Holly-Navarre Intermediate School
    1936 School Road, Navarre FL 32566
    Site 11-
    Guy Thompson Community Center
    5629 Byrom St, Milton FL 32570, 983-5466
    Site 12-
    Milton First Baptist
    6797 Caroline St, Milton FL 32570, 623.3122
    Santa Rosa County School District has identified over 550 homeless children since September. There are families with children living in tents and cars.  Organizations and individuals can help our families by making a donation to the Santa Rosa Education Foundation. Funds collected will be used to pay for emergency hotel rooms, clothing, food, and other necessary resources. Make checks payable to Santa Rosa Education Foundation and mail to Dr. Karen Barber, Santa Rosa School District Director of Federal Programs, 5086 Canal St. Milton, FL 32570 For more information call: Dr. Karen Barber (850)983-5001 or email at barberk@santarosa.k12.fl.us


    Santa Rosa County Emergency Management has implemented a county-wide emergency notification system, AlertSantaRosa. Alert Santa Rosa provides everyone who lives and works in Santa Rosa County with the ability to receive emergency notifications and/or severe weather via:
    • Notification via smart phone app “Contact Bridge ”
    • Text
    • Email
    • Phone call (to business, home or cell phone)
    By enrolling, you can subscribe to receive notifications about emergencies that may affect your home, business, school, child care and more. Simply visit www.alertsantarosa.com to register up to five street addresses within the county.
    Text messages will be received from 893-61 or 878-44, and phone calls will generate from 1-850-983-5257. You may want to save these numbers as “Alert Notifications” in your contact list to make them more recognizable.
    For questions or more information, contact Kevin Sowell, 850-983-5355, or email

    Be prepared – You choose when and how
    If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you”
    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. Descriptions below.
    ·         Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan: A great resource for individuals unable to attend an in-person workshop or those who would like a refresher. This 90 minute dynamic video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an emergency action plan for an active shooter scenario. It guides viewers through important considerations of a plan development by utilizing first-hand perspectives of survivors, first responders, and subject matter experts similar to the workshops.
    ·         Action Shooter Emergency Action Plan Trailer: This one minute video provides a brief overview of the components of the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan video.
    ·         Options for Consideration: Replacing the previously available resource, this seven minute video demonstrates possible actions individuals can take if confronted with an active shooter; it provides updated information that includes considerations for individuals with disabilities and incorporation of technology into security practices. 
    If playing directly from the internet, please allow several minutes for the videos to buffer to your computer or device before playing for an audience.

    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:
    The no-cost resources are designed to provide faith and community leaders and employers resources to prepare for and mitigate against a natural or manmade emergency or disaster, including an active shooter incident. 
    Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness Page   
        On this page:

    Active Shooter Booklet
    Active Shooter Pamphlet
    Active Shooter Poster
    Active Shooter Poster (Spanish)
    Active Shooter Pocket Card
    Active Shooter Pocket Card (Spanish)

       Options for Consideration demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with an active shooter scenario. The video also shows how to assist authorities once law enforcement enters the scene. You may also access the video on YouTube.
    Here’s a link to a FEMA web-page with resources for faith and community leaders to assist with preparing for emergency situations.  

    FBI Office of Partnerships Active Shooter Incidents Resource Page
    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)

    FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Course List   (FREE ONLINE TRAINING COURSES)
    Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Justice
    A Center of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships


    Active Shooter Preparedness Resources 1-855-FLA-SAFE  (1-855-352-7233)
    Preparedness for Persons who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing with ASL
    English –
    Children’s Preparedness
    English with ASL –

    The following is from the National Safety Council:
    For each of our communities, we develop a personalized logo.  Attached is the logo, with your community name, to be used widely by your coalition. Below are a few recommendations on how you can use the logo, but this is not an exhaustive list. Be creative and use this logo in ways to that will benefit your work and show off your community.
    • Website, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter).
    • Community communications – emails, email signatures, letterhead, envelope/return addresses, newsletters, event promotion or communication, etc.
    • Street signs, road signs, community welcome signs, banners.
    • Promotional materials – t-shirts, pens, calendars, stickers.
     What we ask from you is to share with us, how you will or have used the logo. There will be some time during our networking conference in September, to share.  And, please encourage all your coalition members and city/town representatives to use this logo as well.  You are all part of this network and we hope this logo will help you display your accomplishments. 
    For copies contact Daniel at
    1-800-273-8255 and press 1
    VeterensCrisisLine.net/Chat  for online chat
    Or text 838255 to receive support

    The links below contain helpful information and often funding opportunities for those of you that serve veterans.
    VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
    VA Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
    DOL Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program
    United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Veterans Page
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Military Families Pages 
    John Johnson, Executive Director, EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless, Inc. 850.439.3009
    Do One Thing
    This web page is an awesome way to incrementally get your family and business ready for any disaster. 
    SAFER Santa Rosa is on Twitter. Follow us
    SAFER is on Facebook. Like us and invite your Santa Rosa friends to join you on the SAFER
    Facebook page. 
    SAFER is on Facebook, find us, and become our friend ;-)  We are up to 3140 people! Invite friends.  Let’s keep growing this communications venue. Invite other Santa Rosans to participate.  Invite your Santa Rosa friends to join you on the SAFER Facebook page.

    Santa Rosa Disaster Fund

    If Volunteer Florida can do this https://twitter.com/VolunteerFla/status/908772878631436291 for the whole state, why can’t we do a disaster fund for Santa Rosa? Well we can. Visit www.safersantarosa.org and scroll to the donate button at the bottom of the page. 100% of all proceeds will go to helping disaster victims in Santa Rosa County after large scale disasters strike. Imagine if we could get 2000 organizations (churches, businesses, non-profits) to give a recurring donation of $5 a month. In a month we would have $10,000, in a year we would have $120,000. All for the benefit of our friends and neighbors affected by disaster.

    Use of barricades policy: Free to parades and other events in Santa Rosa County that are sponsored by a chambers or government entities (Christmas parades, Mardi Gras, 4
    th of July, etc.) or non profits, that are hosting events that are free and open to the public. The user is responsible for transportation of barricades, AND banners advertising sponsors MUST be put on barricades. Others wanting to use the barricades must provide transportation and rent barricades at a cost of $5 per barricade. Additional fees may be applicable if barricades are not returned within 7 days of pick up/delivery. Barricades will cost $8 each if delivery is required. Average rental price for barricades is $9-$13 each through other vendors. SAFER barricades are a bargain.


    Homeowners Guide to Lightning Safety
    Preparing for Disasters in Your Home: What to Buy, What to Skip
    Emergency Preparedness and Pets
    Important Legal Documents for Disaster Preparedness
    Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
    How to Organize and Prepare for Disasters 

    Emergency Operations Planning Resources: Active Shooter Preparedness Resources:  Free online independent study courses for everyone:  All hazard preparedness resources: JUST IN TIME DISASTER TRAINING LIBRARY - SHELTER OPERATIONS SECTION
     The Shelter Operations Section of the Just In Time Disaster Training Library has been up-dated. 
     The section now contains training videos on the following subjects:
    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. It provides emergency management professionals and faith and community leaders active in disaster with literacy and competency tools to engage religious and cultural groups both pre- and post-disaster. The course also includes 14 downloadable tip sheets that highlight engagement best practices and guidelines for partnering with diverse religious communities.
    The course is open to the general public and was developed to support partnerships between the first responders and faith-based and community organizations to more effectively serve disaster survivors in their time of need.
    The URL to the course can be found
    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.  We are also concerned. 
    In addition to partnering with your local first responders and emergency managers, please feel welcome to use the resources on
    our 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 and 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.  
    This new web page complements ongoing efforts to encourage partnership between faith leaders and local first responders via the “Guide for Developing High Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship”. Available since 2013, this guide is designed to be scalable for use by small to large-sized houses of worship in order to help navigate the planning process for emergencies. The guide is also available at the same web page,
    I encourage you to take advantage of these resources.  If you do not find what you are looking for, or if you have questions about the information contained within the various links, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at
    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 manmade 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; faith-based organizations; hospitals, health clinics, and other health agencies; mental health providers; schools and universities; civic and volunteer groups; first responders; local government agencies; public health departments; and nonprofit agencies.
    NEWS (blue is new)
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead
    FloodSmart Community Resources

    Red Cross Disaster Safety Checklist
    How to Protect Your Home From Flood Damage
    Emergency Planning - Protect Your Pet
    How to Avoid Flood Damaged Cars
    STEM Challenge for Kids - Building Flood Resistant Homes

    About SAFER

    SAFER is the successor of the Santa Rosa Long Term Recovery Organization which developed after Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. During periods when there are no disasters, SAFER attempts to meet the needs of the less fortunate in the community.
    MISSION: To foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disasters, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort, through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation.
    VISION: To create the most resilient community possible to safeguard our way of life.
    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. COAD - Community Organizations Active in Disasters
    SAFER - Support Alliance For Emergency Readiness
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    Our mailing address is:

    Safer Santa Rorsa
    Santa Rosa County Emergency Management
    4499 Pine Forest Road
    Milton, Fl 32583

    Daniel Hahn, Emergency Management Plans Chief
    (850) 983-5360