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County Acquires Accessible Hazard Alert System

July 11 -   Alachua County Emergency Management has acquired the Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS) services from Deaf Link, Inc. The system offers Emergency Management the capability of warning and alerting persons who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing or deaf/blind. Additionally, persons with low literacy can benefit from the Accessible Hazard Alert System.

Alerts (for severe weather, wildfires, and chemical spills) are geo-targeted to subscribers in affected areas. Alerts are also sent, in broadcast quality formats, to local television stations. AHAS sends accessible alerts to internet and video capable devices such as computers, cell phones, iPads and Braille readers. Alerts are offered in American Sign Language (ASL), English voice and text.

The service is free and residents will not have to demonstrate impairment to sign up.

David Donnelly, Emergency Management Director for Alachua County stated, "There are an estimated 40,000 residents with sensory impairments in the County." He continued, "Warning the public of an emergency is one of our most important missions. The AHAS system will allow us to provide the same level of service to all of our citizens."

View/download an informative AHAS flyer

For more information or to register, visit the AHAS website, or contact Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500, or

Alachua County Shelter Information Updated

June 19 - Alachua County has recently added two new facilities to the Shelter inventory: the Gainesville Senior Center and the Newberry Archery Center. Shelter information can be found at and in the brochures below.

 Alachua County Shelter Information 2014 

 Alachua County Shelter Information 2014 Large Print


Active Shooter Preparedness Resources

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created the Active Shooter Preparedness Website to collect in one place the DHS resources, documents and training available to Emergency Responders and the Public.

In addition to webinars,  information on scheduling training and an Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Indepedent Study course (IS 907) , the site also list guides for campus safety and research on threat assessments produced by the U.S. Secret Service.


* Active Shooter Booklet
* Active Shooter Poster
* Active Shooter Poster (en Espanol)
*Active Shooter Pocket Card
*Active Shooter Pocket Card (en Espanol)
* Run-Hide-Fight Video (City of Houston, TX)


Dave Donnelly, CEM®, FPEM, CPM
Emergency Management Director
Ebbin Spellman, CEM®, CPM
Emergency Management Coordinator
Jeffrey Bielling
Assistant Director, Emergency Management
Jen Horner, MPH
Emergency Management Coordinator

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