Mr Chris Floyd
Disaster Resistant Communities Group LLC
6224 Wake Robin Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32309

Chris

I am the Emergency Coordination Officer for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation with over 1,500 employees in offices throughout the state. In that role I have fretted for literally years as I didn’t feel that my agency and our employees were adequately prepared for an Active Shooter.

My agency’s Safety Officer attended the recent Workplace Down Exercise with me and we both felt that the scenario was quite realistic and well-paced. As the exercise progressed we made copious notes and had rather lengthy discussions, prompted by the exercise material, regarding our current plans and preparations, and identified multiple areas for improvement. We left agreeing that this exercise was time VERY well spent as it will greatly improve my agency’s preparations and response to an Active Shooter event. We are now in the process of implementing those changes, all due to this exercise.

I would HIGHLY encourage any and all emergency management and safety personnel to participate in this exercise and am available to help promote this program in any way possible. In fact I’ve sent it out to my list of emergency management personnel in all the state agencies.

THANKS for this opportunity as it has the potential to save lives not just in our office setting but wherever one of our employees may have the misfortune to encounter such a devastating scenario.

Peter Newman
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Emergency Coordination Officer
Tallahassee, FL 32309