Brad Baker

County gets advice on improving animal shelter

County gets advice on improving animal shelter

More than 40 animal advocates, community leaders and citizens packed into the Santa Rosa County boardroom Oct. 30 to hear about ways to transform the county’s animal shelter. Sara Pizano is the founder of Team Shelter USA, an animal advocacy group focused on reforming animal shelters. Read the full article in the Nov. 8 issue […]

Santa Rosa steps up for neighbors after Michael

Santa Rosa steps up for neighbors after Michael

When disaster struck to the east, Santa Rosa County officials stepped forward to help in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Closer to home, the county continues to support neighbors struggling to get their arms around the extent of the damage. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Four things to know in October: Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Four things to know in October: Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

On the heels of announced policy improvements at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter, the facility has also launched a low-cost spay and neuter program for certain breeds of dogs. Animal Services received a grant of $20,000 from the Florida Animal Friend spay/neuter license plate program to begin a limited low-cost spay/neuter program for the pets […]

Santa Rosa shelter stops breed discrimination

Santa Rosa shelter stops breed discrimination

Dogs in the frequently crowded Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter will no longer be assessed on suspected breed but rather temperament Emergency Management Director Brad Baker announced Monday after meetings with rescue groups. “Repeatedly the breed discrimination issue was thrown up, so we are updating our policy, not listing specific breeds by basing adoption policy […]

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

The numbers are in, and Navarre Beach Fire Department annual funding needs far exceed their initial increase request by $313,687, according to a study by Government Services Group Inc (GSG). The department in February had requested that the Board of County Commissioners approve a $109,000 increase, split between the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates […]

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Santa Rosa dodged a bullet when subtropical storm Alberto veered to the east over Memorial Day weekend, but experts warn that Mother Nature could be reloading for several more shots this summer. For county Director of Emergency Preparedness Brad Baker and other officials, the challenge now is rallying residents to be on guard for the […]

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Even before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management team and Emergency Operations Center are already keeping tabs on two major rain events. Subtropical storm Alberto on Saturday became the first named storm of a season that had not even officially begun. Read the full article […]

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Planning Navarre’s future is underway, and already several stakeholder groups have had an opportunity to weigh in. But what are they asking for? Navarre Press has previously asked community planning professional and author Quint Studer of Pensacola what methods are used for effectively planned communities, but every community is different. This plan will be primarily […]

Hurricane training prepares county nerve center for the worst

Hurricane training prepares county nerve center for the worst

Hurricane season is here, and in preparation the Santa Rosa County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Milton ran their annual hurricane exercises for 2017. Representatives from every agency from city governments to federal relief programs gathered at the EOC to participate in mock scenarios that would familiarize them with the system county Emergency Management Director […]

Text 911 for emergencies

Text 911 for emergencies

Santa Rosa County has introduced Text-to-9-1-1 enabling county residents to text for assistance in an emergency. The system allows residents to text directly back and forth with 911 dispatchers to share vital information in an emergency. County Emergency Services Coordinator Brad Baker said the system will be useful in a variety of scenarios. “The majority […]

Alert Santa Rosa brings emergency info right to your phone

Alert Santa Rosa brings emergency info right to your phone

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management communications are getting an upgrade this month thanks to a new early warning system and App initiated by the Florida Department of Emergency Management. The system, Alert Santa Rosa, is part of a statewide effort to improve disaster communications throughout the state. Residents of the county can sign up for […]

County hires new Public Information Officer

County hires new Public Information Officer

Brandi Whitehurst was approved to be the new public information officer for the county at the Jan. 14 Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. The PIO is responsible for promoting awareness of the county’s mission, programs, policies and initiatives to residents of the county and the media. Whitehurst’s employment began Jan. 19. According to […]

Navarre Beach: Tsunami Ready Certified

Navarre Beach: Tsunami Ready Certified

In the unlikely event there is a tsunami, Santa Rosa County Emergency Management has completed a Tsunami Plan and completed a “table-top exercise,” according to Brad Baker, Director of Emergency Management for Santa Rosa County, in a memo addressed to the board of county commissioners. Recent studies headed by the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico […]

New system to speed emergency notification to residents

New system to speed emergency notification to residents

Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Management has a new emergency warning tool that provides rapid phone notifications to residents when public safety may be at risk. In the event of an emergency, GeoCast®Web will be utilized to make rapid emergency telephone notifications to residents and businesses in an impacted area. Citizens can register and […]

Baker to head Emergency Management

Baker to head Emergency Management

Santa Rosa County is promoting Brad Baker to Director of Emergency Management, a position being vacated by the retiring Sheryl Bracewell. The move will be effective on Dec. 23. Baker previously served as the department’s Emergency Services Coordinator, and his duties included Emergency Management Operation Section Chief, Management of the 911 Center, EMS Contract Administrator, Fire […]