Canal Scene At Keaton Beach, Florida

591 East US Highway 27
Perry, Florida   32347

Director: Steve Spradley

Coordinator: Kristy Anderson

Office: 850-838-3575
Fax: 850-838-3523

Taylor County Emergency Management Staff


Emergency Management Coordinator

Emergency Management Director

Steve Spradley


The Emergency Management Director is responsible for the direct oversight of the Emergency Management Department, the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and the County's Emergency Response Team (ERT). The EM Director engages stakeholders in planning, training, and exercises to enhance the ERT's and the public's ability to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of natural and technological hazards. During emergency situations, the EM Director serves as the Local Coordinating Officer for the Board of County Commissioners and leads the ERT, under the guidance of the Board, to meet the recovery needs of county residents, staff, and visitors.

Steve Spradley has been awarded the designation of Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) by the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association.  This certification recognizes devoted experienced Emergency Managers who possess advanced and diverse knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform effectively within a comprehensive Emergency Management program.  He also hold numerous certifications from FEMA and has been with Taylor County Emergency Management since January, 2012. 

Steve worked for 31 years in law enforcement, both with the Taylor County Sheriff's Department and then with the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations of the Florida Department of Financial Services. As a Major with the BFAI Steve was the field operations commander for statewide investigations and was tasked with responding for all-hazards disaster response and recovery as part of Florida's Emergency Support Function system. Steve responded to the 1993 Storm of the Century here in Taylor County and several hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wild fires throughout the region including Hurricanes Andrew, Charley, Francis, Ivan and Katrina.


Emergency Management Coordinator

Emergency Management Coordinator

Kristy Anderson 


The Emergency Management Coordinator assists the Emergency Management Director in the day-to-day operations of the Emergency Management Department. The EM Coordinator is responsible for the maintenance of emergency response plans and equipment and ensures that the Emergency Operations Center is capable of activating to full operational status at a moment's notice. The EM Coordinator coordinates with ERT members and the public to ensure that the EM Department are meeting preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation needs. During emergency situations, the EM Coordinator assists the EM Director in activating the EOC, leading the ERT, and ensuring the location and deployment of resources to the field.

Kristy Anderson has worked at the Taylor County Extension Office since 2007 as an administrative secretary. During that time she assisted with the various public outreach programs and with the youth and 4-H program. Her previous employment includes administrative assistant at Taylor Correctional Institute and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. She has also worked as a medical transcriptionist for eight years while raising her children. Kristy is involved in many various charities around Perry including head of missions at Perry’s First United Methodist Church. Her duties include heading up a local food bank, clothes closet, and soup kitchen. Kristy has worked as a volunteer with Taylor County Emergency Operations during several hurricanes in the past.