The Seminole County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will have staff working hard to make certain Santa has a safe trip over Seminole County on Christmas Eve / Christmas morning. Working with our partners at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, all airplanes will be cleared to make certain Santa has a clear path over all of the homes in the County. The EOC will work with the surrounding EOCs and NORAD to track Santa's progress into Seminole County.
Seminole County Public Schools (ESF1), along with private and home schools, have helped check Santa's list to make certain no child is missing. Radio technology (ESF2) has worked on the towers to make certain interoperable communication between the sleigh and the North Pole is not interrupted while over Seminole County. GIS (ESF2) has plotted the safest and faster map routes over the County. Public Works (ESF3) has built special ramps throughout the County for the sleigh to land and take off. Fire rescue services (ESF 4, 9 and 10) will be at each ramp to make certain the take offs and landings are done safely.
Planning (ESF 5) has developed an Incident Action Plan for the operation and will provide regular situation reports. Santa will be able to pick up his cookies and milk from Leisure Services (ESF 6 & 11). At the libraries (ESF 6), librarians are prepared for Santa's arrival with books for the elves. Seminole County Health Department (ESF8) has prepared for Santa's arrival with a free flu shot and vitamins to keep him well while he travels around the World.
Environmental Services (ESF12) has prepared pure clean watering stations next to the ramps for the reindeer; they will be thirsty by the time they get to Central Florida. Civil Air Patrol (ESF 13) will closely track Santa’s progress to ensure safe travels. Public information (ESF 14) will provide regular updates to the public. Community Services (ESF 15) are prepared to help with the coordination of volunteers, and collection and distribution of donated gifts to support Santa’s mission. The Sheriff’s Office (ESF16) will provide security around the landing site. Seminole County Animal Services (ESF17) is prepared to feed the reindeer on their long travel across the Country. Economic Development (ESF18) has collected a list of businesses available to help with gift delivery.
Santa is making special appearances throughout the County prior to the Christmas flight. In Altamonte Springs, he will be at Crane's Roost Park where he can be seen visiting with guests to the park. In Casselberry, Santa will be at City Hall. In Lake Mary, Santa will be strolling through the park near City Hall. In Longwood, Santa will be picking up a few gifts in the downtown area and participating in the parade. In Oviedo, Santa can be seen riding on top of a fire engine. In Sanford, Santa can be spotted in the evening Christmas lighted parade. Finally, in Winter Springs, Santa will be visiting with families in the park and in their parade.
The Office of Emergency Management wishes all a safe and enjoyable holiday.