The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners is currently accepting applications for the position of Program Assistant for the Emergency Management Department. For application contact Career Source Chipola at 850-845-0733. Deadline is 4:00 pm on July 6, 2016. Holmes County is a Drug-Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer.
Doctors Memorial Hospital currently has a part-time (24 hour per week) position available for an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. General knowledge of and/or experience working in Emergency Preparedness preferred. To apply please send your resume Attn: Human Resources to P.O. Box 188 Bonifay, Fl 32425. Or apply in person at 2600 Hospital Drive. Doctors Memorial Hospital is a Drug Free Workplace. Tobacco Free Campus. EOE.
Five Things to Do Now Before a Disaster:
Locate where you live and your evacuation zone. http://www.wfrpc.org/pdfs/
- Decide NOW where you would go if ordered to evacuate - a friend or relative's home, a hotel or as a last resort, a public shelter. Remember, if you are going to leave the area or go to a hotel, don't delay. Determine your route, leave early and travel the shortest distance possible. Think tens of miles, not hundreds.
- Purchase a battery-powered NOAA weather radio and a non-electric landline phone. Even though phone service may not be disturbed, a cordless phone will not work during power outages.
- Make sure your street address number is clearly marked on your home.
- Whether you rent or own your home, review your insurance policies with your agent now.
For further information please visit: www.floridadisaster.org
For the kids, please let them visit for interactive fun: www.kidsgetaplan.com
The Holmes County Emergency Management Department provides:
· Effective and orderly governmental control and coordination of emergency operations in emergencies within the scope of Florida Statutes
· Develops and maintains the County’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan providing emergency management planning for the entire county
· Coordinates emergency management activities, services and programs within the county, including but not limited to:
- Training and education on disaster survival
- Assisting local first responders
- Provide disaster assistance to our communities, businesses, residents and visitors
- Provide emergency drills and exercise simulations for training and exercising our resources to enhance our capabilities
- Review and provide technical assistance for Health Care Facilities’ Emergency Operations Plans
· Serves as the liaison to the State Division of Emergency Management and other local emergency management agencies and organizations
Emergency Management Program Basics:
· Develops and implements programs and capabilities aimed at reducing the impact of incident on our communities
· Identifies potential threats and hazards and assesses the risk posed by them
· Plans for risks that cannot be eliminated
· Prescribes the actions required to handle the consequences of events and how to recover from them
The mission of Holmes County Emergency Management is to plan and coordinate actions to prepare, respond, mitigate, and recover from natural or man-made disasters.
The National Preparedness Goal identifies mission areas within which we must build and sustain capabilities. Utilizing a whole community approach, emergency management supports and executes the following mission areas:
- · Prevention: The capabilities necessary to avoid, prevent, or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. As defined by PPD-8, the term “prevention” refers to preventing imminent threats.
- · Protection: The capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and human-caused or natural disasters.
- · Mitigation: The capabilities necessary to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.
- · Response: The capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.
- · Recovery: The capabilities necessary to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively
A big congratulation goes out to Ponce De Leon Elementary 5th grade student Jaiden Davis for being the 2016 Poster Winner for Region 1. Ms. Davis was presented with an ipad mini and many other weather awareness goodies from the state office. Mr. Chris Eliadis, Beverly Byerts and other representatives from the Emergency Management’s State office came to Ponce De Leon Elementary to award Ms. Davis along with the art teacher, Mrs. Tammy Godwin, who has led her students with a winning poster for the second year in a row. Mrs. Godwin was also rewarded a $150 Office Depot gift card for her efforts to purchase supplies for her class. We are so proud to be part of this and to have someone from our county win this contest! Thank you all for your hard work!