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National Disaster Recovery Group Coming to Escambia County to Assess Flood-Related Community Needs

Volunteer interviewers will meet with floodsurvivors to help individuals connect with resources and gain a clear pictureof what it will take to recover.

BRACE and the Escambia County Long-Term Recovery Group have requested the services of a national disaster recovery group to determine who in the community will not be able to rebuild and recover without assistance. A team of World Renew volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews with flood survivors from September 2 - 12. 

This process will help to prioritize individual and family needs and connect survivors with organizations offering long-term support.  Several voluntary organizations have committed to sending volunteer reconstruction teams to our community to assist survivors in their recovery once the needs can be defined and prioritized.  Those volunteer organizations will be assisting survivors with unmet disaster caused needs with reconstruction.  

BRACE and the Escambia County Long Term Recovery Group are organizing 3 walk-in locations across the County from September 2 -12.  Residents affected by the flood who require assistance for flood recovery are encouraged to visit a walk-in center to complete a short interview regarding flood losses and recovery needs.  World Renew volunteers will also be canvassing neighborhoods in some areas of the County. Volunteers will be wearing green shirts with the World Renew logo and will be wearing identification.

All information given at the walk-in centers is confidential and will assist designated case managers to help residents connect with available resources. The information will also help to develop a detailed estimate of the total cost for recovery in the community which helps BRACE and the Long Term Recovery Group as well as government agencies to secure recovery funds and donations of building materials and supplies needed to assist survivors with their recovery.

Interview questions are straightforward and should not require residents to supply any paperwork, although if flood survivors do have a FEMA number, they are asked to bring that with them to the center.
Locations, days and hours of the walk-in centers include:

Richards Memorial United Methodist Church
2600 W. Strong St., Pensacola, FL 32505 (Use Strong St. entrance)
Tuesday, Sept 2 " Saturday Sept 6  11AM to 7PM
Monday, Sept 8 " Friday Sept 12    11AM to 7PM

Allen Memorial United Methodist Church
208 Pace Parkway, Cantonment, FL 32533
Wednesday, Sept 3     11AM to 7PM
Friday, Sept 5             11AM to 7PM
Monday, Sept 8          11AM to 7PM
Wednesday, Sept 10   11AM to 7PM
Friday, Sept 12           11AM to 7PM

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
9301 Gulf Beach Hwy, FL 32507
Tuesday, Sept 2        11AM to 7PM
Thursday, Sept 4       11AM to 7PM
Sat, Sept 6                 11AM to 7PM
Tues, Sept 9              11AM to 7PM
Thurs, Sept 11           11AM to 7PM

For more information please contact the Escambia County Long-Term Recovery Group, at 850-292-8024 or  or

Over 10,000 families in Escambia County, Florida registered for FEMA assistance following the April 29 & 30 flood.  Only 9% of the families determined to be eligible for FEMA assistance had flood insurance.  Over 30% of the families determined to be eligible for FEMA assistance include a member of the household that is 60 years of age or older.  Nearly 3,900 of those determined to be eligible for assistance had household income considered by HUD to be low income.  The maximum grant provided by FEMA was $32,400.



90Works will support local veterans with the Third Annual Deployment to Employment Career Expo on Thursday, September 4 from 9am to 1pm at the Sanders Beach Community Center. The event will feature employer vendors, veteran benefits, resources, resume building stations and more.

Vendors who will be present include Advantage Resourcing, Austal, Baptist Hospital, CareerSource Escarosa, Catholic Charities Circles, Colonial Life, Congressman Jeff Millers Office, Covenant Hospice, Enterprise, Escambia Sheriffs Office, Express Employment Profession, Fellows Memorial Fund, First United Methodist Suit Yourself, FL Army National Guard, FL Department of Corrections Santa Rosa County, FL Fish and Wildlife, FL Highway Patrol, FL Department of Children and Families, George Stone, Global Business Solutions, Gulf Power, Home Depot, Kelly Services, Locklin Tech, Lowes, Marshalls, Medicom, Navy Federal, Navy Exchange, Northwestern Mutual, PSC Veterans Upward Bound, PSC Health Profession Opportunity Grant, Truck Drivers Institute, UWF Military & Vets Resource Center, VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Vet Center, Virginia College, Waffle House and West Corporation.

Deployment to Employment is FREE and open to veterans and their families. In addition to meeting with local employers and community resources, participants will build and print their resumes onsite, receive free haircuts, take advantage of a clothing closet and enjoy lunch provided by Nancys Haute Affairs. 90Works and Nancys Haute Affairs are seeking employer vendors and items for gift bags. Please contact Suzi Pavelsak at (850) 434-0112 or by e-mail to    

90Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to overcome homelessness, poverty and family violence by becoming self-sufficient. For more information about the event or the services provided by 90Works, contact Rachel Reust at 1-855-90WORKS X 107 (855-909-6757) or email

WEAR ABC Channel 3 - Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP!) Expo

Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP!) Expo
Its time to Get Brace-d Pensacola! Saturday, Sept. 13 marks the 5th annual Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP!) Expo. Join us from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at Booker T. Washington High School for this FREE community event that teaches preparedness and safety through interactive demonstrations.

September is National Preparedness Month - and the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Ivan.  BRACE, the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, is hosting the 5th annual Youth Emergency Preparedness Expo to prepare our community for emergencies.  YEP! will educate young people about how they can get involved and help establish a culture of preparedness and safety.

Greg Strader, executive director of BRACE said, YEP aims to engage youth not only because they are future leaders, but because they will influence the emergency preparedness of their family and friends. If children and teens want to make a difference in our community, they will learn how at YEP!, Strader said. 

YEP also includes a special tribute to first responders and those who had fallen on 9/11 during the National Day of Service and Remembrance Ceremony at 11:00 AM.

Activities & Demonstrations:
Medical Bootcamp - Pensacola State College    
Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) & SkillsUSA - Pensacola State College
Project Lifesaver Demonstration & Static Display - Escambia Search and Rescue
Water Life Vest Safety - United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Glow Germ " How clean are your hands, really? - Escambia Medical Reserve Corps
Mosquito Control Patrol:  Fight the Bite! - Escambia Medical Reserve Corps
 Personal Protective Equipment Relay Races " BRACE & Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Dummy Lift: How to do a First Aid Carry - BRACE & Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Command 1 Mobile Unit - Escambia County Emergency Management
One Handed Thread Challenge - United Cerebral Palsy
Radio Communications - Five Flags Amateur Radio Assoc.
The Big Red Bus Blood drive - One Blood
Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) - American Red Cross of Northwest Florida

Additional Exhibitors include:
Santa Rosa County Emergency Management / SAFER
West Florida Regional Planning Council 
Hometown Contractors
Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle

Special mascot appearances by Cat Country's "Cat", the Blue Wahoos "Kazoo", and the Pensacola Ice Flyers "Maverick" will entertain the little ones. 

Will you be ready when disaster strikes again? How about your kids? Join us Sept 13, 2014 and Get BRACE'd Pensacola! Join the event on Facebook, visit us on the web at or call (850) 444-7036.

BRACE Mission: To reduce the loss of life, injury, damage, environmental impact and economic loss due to disaster, through fostering communication, cooperation, collaboration and coordination among community, faith-based, non-profit, private and public organizations active in one or more phases of emergency management.

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