EMS Safe Room


The purpose of this Scope of Work is to provide a FEMA P-361 Standards standalone safe room at the Bay County Jail in Panama City, Bay County, Florida, funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) DR-4399-020-R, as approved by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (Division) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


As a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project, the Sub-Recipient proposes to construct a standalone safe room at the Bay County Jail, 5700 Star Lane, Panama City, Florida, 32404. Coordinates (30.225729, -85.561866).

The scope is for Phase I only, which includes but is not limited to surveying, engineering, design, plans preparation, permitting, and bidding for the proposed project, for Phase II approval. No construction activities are approved at this time.

The design proposed for Phase II scope is the construction of a new standalone hurricane-safe room to withstand winds up to 200 MPH in compliance with all standards and requirements from FEMA P-361. The safe room shall provide near-absolute protection for first responders including law enforcement, emergency medical services, public works, and utility partners and their respective equipment during tornadic events and after disasters. To maximize the functionality of the safe room, the space shall be used as Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) site for proceedings during non-disaster periods and as an alternative Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Wind protection shall be provided on any other opening such as vents, louvers, and exhaust fans. All installations shall be in strict compliance with the FEMA P-361 specifications, and all materials shall be certified to meet wind and impact standards. The local municipal or county building department shall inspect and certify installation according to the manufacturer's specifications. 

Project Timeline

Phase 1 Design                                 100% Complete
Waiting on FDEM Approval of PH 1 Deliverables