Prepare Seminole

Operations Protect and Secure

Seminole County's Office of Emergency Management will host a community-wide exercise "Operation Protect and Secure" as part of National Preparedness Month.  The exercise goal is to encourage businesses, churches, schools, and residents to consider what they would do if a "lock-down" was implemented by first responders.

On September 11, 2019 at 10:00am, organizations, businesses and healthcare facilities are encouraged to take part in the exercise. The exercise will simulate a lock down at your facility.

We can all take action to prepare! We can all help first responders in our community by learning how to respond during an emergency.  It is important to know what to do before an emergency or disaster strikes. Where we live, work, and visit can all be targets. The goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase individuals, families, and communities engagement in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, schools, and places of worship.

For more information, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 407-665-5102.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES

STEP 1: Register for alerts at: http://www.alertseminole.org 

STEP 2: When you receive the alert, practice your lockdown plan.

STEP 3: Snap a photo & post to #protectandsecure

HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

STEP 1: Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019OpProtectSecure

STEP 2: When you receive the alert, practice your lockdown plan. 

STEP 3: Follow instructions provided after registration.

HOW DO I LOCKDOWN & SHELTER IN PLACE?

RESIDENTS:

Residents should register for alerts at www.alertseminole.org so they can be informed as soon as a potentially dangerous situation occurs.

Residents may be advised to shelter in place for a variety of reasons, including violent criminal activity in the area, active shooter situations, or other potentially hazardous conditions.

In the event residents are asked to shelter in place at home, they are advised to do the following:

o   Bring children and pets inside and lock all doors and windows.

o   Turn off the lights and stay away from doors and windows.

o   Stay in an interior room where you cannot be seen, remain quiet, and wait for all clear instructions.

o   Call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious behavior or activity that occurs around your home.

BUSINESSES:

Businesses are strongly encouraged to develop a lockdown plan to ensure the safety of employees and others during hazardous situations.

Your business lockdown plan should include:

o   Move anyone outside indoors immediately.

o   Move all personnel away from doors and windows and into an interior space

o   For multistory buildings, moving personnel to upper floors.

o   Seek shelter in rooms where the door can be locked or quickly barricaded.

o   Hide somewhere where you cannot be seen, remain quiet, and wait for all-clear or evacuation instructions.

o   Call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious behavior or activity that occurs in or around your business.

Businesses are strongly encouraged to follow the “Run, Hide, Fight” principle when faced with an Active Shooter situation. For more information on this and Active Shooter preparedness please visit https://www.ready.gov/active-shooter . 

For more information on Sheltering and Lockdown procedures, please visit https://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/emergency .