Escambia County Public Safety crews and other Escambia County staff members have been assisting with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts in Bay County and surrounding areas, serving at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center and mobilized locations as needed. About 25 county staff are deployed to the area, with assignments ranging from emergency first aid and 911 call response to animal shelter transports and public information support.
Escambia County Emergency Management Director John Dosh is serving as the Deputy Incident Commander at the Bay County EOC, which is an essential role in FEMA's National Incident Management Structure. NIMS provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards, including hurricanes. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location or complexity.
Other county staff are serving as the Resource Unit Lead, Geographic Information System Lead, Force Protection Lead, and on the Public Information staff. Escambia County Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services are also stationed at the Lynn Haven Fire Department, with a tanker team stationed in Marianna, Florida.
Escambia County Animal Services is assisting several hurricane-impacted shelters by transporting animals to partner shelters to be made available for adoption. Animal Services staff have also received three assignments from the state: The first is an ongoing transport mission to remove animals from animal shelters in areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. These animals were already up for adoption at shelters prior to the storm – Escambia County is not transporting animals that have been separated from their owners during the storm.
Escambia County is collaborating with multiple organizations to coordinate this effort. Since Hurricane Michael, Escambia County has taken in 156 cats and 91 dogs to be transported to partner shelters for adoption. Read more here.
The other two missions Animal Services has received from the state include doing assessments of Gulf and Washington counties, along with assisting the Gulf County Animal Control officer with issues at the Gulf County Animal Shelter and throughout the county.
Many crews have been working 24-hour shifts, including Escambia County EMS crews that transported patients from Bay Medical Center in Panama City back to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola immediately after the storm. Crews worked in very difficult conditions, with trees and other obstacles blocking the hospital entrance and many roadways in the area.
Escambia County Fire Rescue and EMS crews stationed at the Lynn Haven Fire Department have been responding to 911 calls 24 hours a day, also providing first aid to walk-up patients.
Staff from Escambia County's Information Technology Department and Community and Media Relations Division are also assisting Bay County with creating a website to provide resources and information to those impacted by Hurricane Michael.
To stay updated on Escambia County's Hurricane Michael recovery efforts in Bay County, like Escambia County Emergency Management on Facebook.
Escambia County staff and other emergency responders work in Escambia County’s Mobile Command Center in Bay County, Florida.
EMS crews navigate roadways in Bay County to transport patients after Hurricane Michael.
Animal Services staff rescue an injured pet in Gulf County, Florida.
Escambia County Fire Rescue crews stationed at Lynn Haven Fire Department in Lynn Haven, Florida.
Escambia County staff and other emergency responders work in the Bay County Emergency Operations Center in Bay County, Florida.