scem617 Ontario Avenue SW Suite 200  
Live Oak, FL 32064-2047

Phone (386) 364-3405   
Fax (386) 362-0584

Kimberly Thomas – Assistant Director / E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sharon Hingson – DEM Specialist / E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management serves as the coordinating agency for development and implementation of a countywide emergency management program designed to protect life and property. This division maintains a comprehensive view of emergencies that is risk based and all hazards in its approach, and covers all four phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

This division provides for activities to saving lives and protecting property from natural, manmade, and technological emergencies. DEM is responsible for reducing the effects of potential disasters before they occur, planning for and coordinating the operations and response to a disaster, managing resources and coordination of recovery efforts following a disaster, as well as providing public education and information.

Provisions of an emergency management program are mandated by Florida Statues Chapter 252.

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What is CERT? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains people to be prepared for emergency situations in their community and neighborhood. CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, collect disaster information to support first responder efforts and provide that first neighborhood help in the immediate hours following a major emergency. It's families helping themselves and neighbors helping neighbors to prepare, respond and recover in their own neighborhood.

Why CERT?: Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo and Floyd , tornadoes, large wildfires, hazardous materials incidents and acts of terrorism (WTC) have clearly shown during the initial hours following the disaster, emergency personnel are overloaded, unable to reach areas or are short of personnel to respond. Others often have had to pitch in to help persons in their immediate neighborhood. CERT training gives you the decision-making and physical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors and business associates in an efficient and effective manner without placing yourself in unnecessary danger.

When, how and where is CERT? CERT is "now". A CERT team is your neighbors and business colleagues, who following training, initiate neighborhood or business teams, whose actions make a difference. Following a 21 hour basic training program and on-going efforts, the team can manage utilities, put out small fires, provide lifesaving interventions, perform basic search and rescue operations, and assist in damage assessment, evacuation and rapid sheltering. Administrative support and organizing positions are also available. CERT is active in over 30 Florida counties with over 5,000 neighborhood trained personnel. It is a "local" program formed through your local department of emergency management.

Suwannee County Division of Emergency Management
617 Ontario Avenue SW Suite 200  Live Oak, FL 32064-2047
Phone (386) 364-3405   Fax (386) 362-0584

Other Web-Sites:

Suwannee County C.E.R.T -
Florida Division of Emergency Management – 
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) – 
National Weather Service/Jax - 
My Florida –
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