Space Coast Office of Tourism, Brevard Businesses Assisting in Acquisition of Protection Equipment

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Space Coast Office of Tourism keeping communications lines open between many business groups

The Space Coast Office of Tourism has a second purpose during emergencies like the Coronavirus pandemic. They staff the Emergency Support Function 18 (ESF-18), Business and Industry, at the Emergency Operations Center. (Space Coast Office of Tourism image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Office of Tourism has a second purpose during emergencies like the Coronavirus pandemic as they staff the Emergency Support Function 18, Business and Industry, at the Emergency Operations Center.

This function keeps communications lines open between many business groups such as the various chambers of commerce, Space Coast Economic Development Council, Space Coast Realtors Association, and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association – over 16,000 email addresses in all.

When there are community needs or information that needs to be passed along, Emergency Support Function 18 springs into action, and it gets disseminated quickly.

There was a call for donated Personal Protection Equipment from businesses and within 24 hours, Emergency Support Function 18 was able to identify a warehouse from Beacon Cleaning to house the materials and transportation from Walmart to get them where they needed very quickly.

“It was amazing to see how many people were willing to step up and assist during a time like this,” said Peter Cranis, Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

“It makes me proud to be part of the operations at the EOC and ESF-18.”

“It was amazing to see how many people were willing to step up and assist during a time like this. It makes me proud to be part of the operations at the EOC and ESF-18,” said Peter Cranis, Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. “It makes me proud to be part of the operations at the EOC and ESF-18.”

In addition to this, Lockheed employees stepped up, immediately delivering 100 face shields within the first week which were printed at home by employees with 3D printers.

They are continuing to work on producing as many as 1000 shields.

“Lockheed Martin is leveraging its workforce, products and charitable contributions to strengthen those who need it most,” said Angela Young, Lockheed Martin Fleet Ballistic Missile Programs Senior Manager.

“In Brevard County specifically, our efforts span 3D printing, assembling and delivering disposable face shields for first responders. I am honored to help support a team of Lockheed Martin Space Coast employees, as we continue to fill the need for PPE supplies in our community.”

As businesses open, there may be an escalated need for Personal Protection Equipment and ESF-18 will be reaching out for more assistance.

If there are businesses who have Personal Protection Equipment they would like to donate, email peter.cranis@visitspacecoast.com. 

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There was a call for donated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) from businesses and within 24 hours, Emergency Support Function 18 was able to identify a warehouse from Beacon Cleaning to house the materials and transportation from Wal-Mart to get them where they needed very quickly. (Space Coast Office of Tourism image)

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