Disaster Preparation


Disaster Prepardness

Preparing your business for a disaster is critical. Would it continue if a hurricane made landfall tomorrow or a fire struck? Check out these resources to ensure your business is always prepared.

Bay County Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Division is responsible for performing technical work in the development, implementation, and management of countywide disaster prevention, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. Division staff provide countywide planning, training and exercise programs in order to be prepared for natural, technological, and/or man-made emergencies. In addition, staff manage and coordinate the County’s Emergency Operations Center during times of emergency.

24 hour phone: 850.784.4000


Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for AlertBay. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in situations such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive notifications wherever you specify, such as your home and/or office via mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.


The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity offers an interactive business preparedness toolkit, critical disaster updates from the State Emergency Operations Center and a Business Damage Assessment Survey to help businesses get back up and running after an emergency. FloridaDisaster.Biz is a partnership between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Other partners include the U.S. Department of Commerce, Florida State University’s Center for Disaster Risk Policy, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Federation, VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida SBDC Network and others.

National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The NHC mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards. The NHC vision is to be America’s calm, clear, and trusted voice in the eye of the storm and, with its partners, enable communities to be safe from tropical weather threats.

Get prepared!

The National Hurricane Center offers resources on their website to help prepare you and your family for and emergency situation including checklist and tracking resources.

Create your disaster plan!

Could your business serve customers tomorrow if a hurricane made landfall today? You can use the free COOP software to write a continuity of operations plan for your business. Start writing your plan today and help our economy recover quickly in the aftermath of a disaster. Visit Bay County’s Emergency Management Website for more information.