Post-Disaster Re-entry Credentialing Process

The credentialing process for re-entry and short term recovery following a hurricane or tropical storm has been re-evaluated for the 2012 storm season and beyond. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office will no longer issue window decals or any other form of re-entry credentials. All re-entry credentials will be issued by the Bay County Department of Emergency Services through the Emergency Operations Center. Click here to read the entire Re-entry Plan.

Phase 1
Initial Re-entry of Emergency Responders

Responders must be credentialed by employing agency.

  • Search and Rescue Teams
  • Utility Companies
  • Fire Service Units
  • Public Works Teams
  • State Emergency Response Teams
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mass Care Providers
  • Mobile Command Posts
  • Medical Personnel

Phase 2
Limited Re-entry

Access is expanded to allow businesses with defined recovery mission to return to portions of the disaster area where major life safety hazards have been eliminated, but essential services, such as electricity, fuel, and water may be limited or unavailable.

Essential employees of businesses with defined recovery mission.

  • Insurance Agents/Adjustors
  • Banking Institutions, fuel distributors, and food distributors
  • Commercial Vehicles delivering essential items
  • Debris Removal Contractors
  • Construction Contractors
  • Utility Repair Contractors
  • Volunteer Groups assisting Disaster Victims

Phase 3
General Return

Re-opening most or all of the disaster area to local residents, businesses, and contractors. Major life safety threats have been eliminated, but many hazards remain and some vital services, such as electricity, water, and fuel may be limited or unavailable.

  • All Citizens, Business, and Agencies

Contact Us

Emergency Management
700 Highway 2300
Southport, FL 32409
Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM CST
Phone: 850.248.6040; Fax: 850.248.6059
Email: recovery@baycountyfl.gov


Frequently Asked Questions on the Post-Disaster Re-entry Credentialing Process

Do I need to fill out an application for each of my employees?

Only one application is necessary per organization. The responsible party completing the application must provide justification for yellow recovery definition and document the number of cards needed.

Is there a fee for the re-entry card?

A fee of $5 is charged for each card issued. Requests for large numbers of card may require a deposit before cards are issued.

Do I need to provide photos of our employees?

Cards are not individual specific; they are organization specific and are not valid unless credentialed employees also have a valid company ID that matches the recovery credential.

When should I hand out the cards?

Cards should be controlled by company management and only issued during pre-disaster conditions. All cards should be collected when an event is over.

Do I need to re-apply each year?

No. Please maintain control of the cards issued to you. Cards will not be reissued every year to organizations that fail to maintain appropriate controls for credential accountability.

My organization already has a card just like this one, but mine isn’t yellow, can I still use it?

Previous credentials issued by the Bay County Emergency Operations Center remain valid.

How do I apply?

Please click here for the Post Disaster Re-entry Application.