Community Convening for Tornado Recovery

BRACE and the Escambia Long Term Recovery Group convened partners on Friday, March 11, 2016.   The meeting was held at Escambia County Public Safety.  The meeting was held to assemble organizations planning for long term recovery recovery support of survivors of the February 15 & 23 tornadoes.  

The PowerPoint presentation that was used to inform participants about the two tornadoes is available through the link below.

Restoring Hope and Homes

BRACE is leading the Escambia Long Term Recovery Group as it restores hope and homes for low income survivors of the Spring 2014 Flood.  110 families have been returned to safe and sanitary homes that provide the functioning that most families enjoy every day.  BRACE is a 501 (c) (3) organization so your donations are tax deductible.  Our Administration and Fundraising costs are less than 6% so you know your investment is making a difference!

2015 City-Wide Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Day

Who: Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE), Community Maritime Park, Mayor Ashton Hayward and the City of Pensacola would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual City-Wide Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness Day event.

 What: BRACE and its partners are striving to make our community the most disaster resilient in America. To prepare the Pensacola community for the upcoming Hurricane season and other disasters, BRACE has partnered with the Community Maritime Park and City of Pensacola to host the 3rd Annual City-Wide Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness Day event.

 When: The event will be held on Saturday, June 13,2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 Where: The Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

 Why Should You Attend: Lack of emergency preparedness can lead to loss of life, injury and economic loss. Sadly, 44% of the public indicate they have not done more to prepare for disasters because they don’t know what to do. Greg Strader, Executive Director for BRACE, urges residents to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn how to be ready for hurricanes and emergencies of all kinds.

 Participants will have the opportunity to meet our City and County Public Safety Partners, local disaster response and relief agencies, as well as emergency education and training partners to gather information on how to properly prepare for a disaster. 

BRACE thanks event sponsors: 

  • Cat 4
    • Gulf Power Company
  • Cat 3
    • Navy Federal Credit Union 
    • Belfor Property Restoration 

FEMA Recognizes BRACE Partners

The Second Annual John D. Solomon Preparedness Award was  presented to the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE)  for collaborative work as a team of nearly 500 disaster preparedness and response organizations, engaging in efforts that reach the business community, children and youth, under-served populations, faith-based organizations, first responders, and individuals with access and functional needs, and more. The John D. Solomon Preparedness Award is named for the late creator of the ground breaking blog, In Case of Emergency, Read Blog: A Citizen’s Eye View Of Public Preparedness.  John’s body of work was striking in its reporting, analysis, engagement and impact, in preparing the public, informing professionals, and effecting change in the public and private sectors. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate once stated that he “set the standard for what it meant to be part of our nation's emergency management team.”


Greg Strader, Executive Director for BRACE was honored to accept the award on behalf of the Organization's partners at a White House ceremony on September 24th.  Award winners shared information about  their innovative and successful approaches to community preparedness with national emergency management leadership. 

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Looking for a change in 2015?

Here is one New Year's resolution that is easy to keep: learn more about what you can do to help prepare you and your family for emergencies. 


Don't know where to start?Visit to learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.


Interested in stepping up your preparedness game? The 2015 Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar will guide you through the coming months and let you know what resources will be coming your way.Resolve to be Ready in 2015.


Due to flooding, we ask you please donate to help.

Operation Population Protection Exercise

On November 20th, partners of the EscaRosa Business Continuity Initiative united to provide workplace managers / owners along with their employees an opportunity to enhance their ability to mitigate and respond to an active shooter incident occurring at their workplace. This unique opportunity was entitled "Operation Population Protection - A Community Engagement Tabletop Exercise".  The Exercise was conducted via the Internet using training video that reflects the Department of Homeland Security's recommendations for responding to an active shooter scenario.  Over 40 workplace representatives registered their participation in the Exercise with many others participating as member of the organizations emergency team.  

Guidance on preparing for an active shooter incident is available from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Greg Strader receives 'Champions of Change' Award


Greg Strader, BRACE’s Founding Executive Director, was among the 17 people honored at the White House as Champions of Change for the disaster preparedness and response efforts by the Organization's Partners.  BRACE was recognized for its role following Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  

BRACE and its over 500 Partners are striving to make our community the most disaster resilient in America.  The award recognized the innovative initiatives of BRACE and its ability to quickly mobilize volunteers to respond to an emergency.  BRACE was charged with mobilizing volunteers to assist with protecting area beaches during response efforts for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  Within 28 hour of the activation of the local emergency operations center, BRACE and its Partners had registered, oriented and deployed over 950 volunteers, to conduct a clean-up of 32 linear miles of shoreline.  Unnaturally debris was removed from the beaches to ensure it did not become mixed with oil, that would have resulted in the loss of the sand from among America's whitest beaches.  

Greg was also recognized for the Champions of Change award by Representative Jeff Miller in a special address to Congress.

BRACE Community Partner Initiative

BRACE has undertaken a unique Community Partner Initiative with the goal of enhancing disaster readiness and response capabilities of community and faith-based organizations and businesses throughout Florida's northern Gulf Coast counties.


BRACE's Community Partner Initiative  has been working with county emergency management departments and numerous other agencies and organizations to strengthen relationships and disaster preparedness, response and recovery capabilities in the following counties:

♦ Bay County

♦ Franklin County

♦ Gulf County

♦ Okaloosa County

♦ Walton County



The primary goal of the Community Partner Initiative is to enhance each county's disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation capabilities by thoroughly engaging community and faith-based organizations along with the business community as participants in a county-wide Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) or Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) structure.


[1]  Community Partner Identification: Develop a comprehensive listing of community and faith-based organizations and businesses within each county that could assist in times of emergencies or disasters.


[2]  Resource Identification: While identifying community partners develop an inventory of any resources that could be accessed during emergencies or disasters.


[3]  Community Partner Meeting: Facilitate a series of county-wide meetings designed to bring community partners together to review and discuss the current readiness level of organizations and businesses to work as a unified team during emergencies or disasters.


[4]  COOP Exercise: Facilitate a series of continuity of operations exercises designed to help organizations and businesses strengthen their capability to survive a hurricane and remain operational to support thedisaster caused needs of county residents.


[5]  Best Practices: Identify best practices that are currently being implemented by community partners.


[6]  Statewide Hurricane Exercise: Participate in Florida's annual statewide hurricane exercise as a member of each county's VOAD/COAD to measure the capabilities of community and faith-based organizations and businesses working together to meet the needs of disaster survivors.


[7]  Training: Determine the training needs of each county, then schedule and facilitate the identified training.



FEMA's "A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes and Pathways for Action" presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging community partners in a collaborative effort to enhance the resiliency and security of our Nation through a Whole Community approach.

Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP!) expo 2015

It’s time to‘Get Braced’ Pensacola! Saturday, Sept. 12, BRACE and dozens of its partners will transform Booker T. Washington High School into“Survivor Land” to prepare children,youth and families for disasters through the region’s largest “Youth Emergency Preparedness” (YEP!) expo.  This free and fun community event will prepare young people and their families to handle life threatening events from cyberstalking to super storms through interactive games and demonstrations.Bring the whole family and make a day of it from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

YEP! will include a special tribute to first responders and serve as a National Day of Service and Remembrance event.   A ceremony to honor first responders is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Activities & Demonstrations will include:

·        Fire trucks, ambulances and law enforcement vehicles

·        Klaas Kids will be offering finger printing for identification

·        MANNA Food Pantries will be conducting a food drive

·        Bike helmet fitting and give away

·        Mascots will be roaming throughout the Expo

·        Moulage (face painting)will be provided by BRACE

·        Photo opportunities with the Ice Flyer’s Maverick and Jim Pokrant and his race car

·        “Command 1” Mobile Unit -Escambia County Emergency Management

·        Emergency Radio Communications – Five Flags Amateur Radio Association

Special mascot appearances by the Pensacola Ice Flyers “Maverick” and other mascots will entertain the little ones.  

Presenting sponsor of YEP! is the Superintendent's Circle thanks to the support of Malcolm Thomas, Superintendent of Schools.