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. Read the entire Re-entry Plan (PDF).

Phase 1 - Initial Re-Entry of Emergency Responders

Responders must be credentialed by employing agency.

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

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:

  • Banking Institutions, fuel distributors, and food distributors
  • Commercial Vehicles delivering essential items
  • Construction Contractors
  • Debris Removal Contractors
  • Insurance Agents/Adjusters
  • 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.