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Public Health Response Team

Emergency Preparedness and Response

  •  941-861-5000

    Mailing Address

    2200 Ringling Blvd 

    Sarasota FL 34236 


Tammi Ketcham

Tammi Ketcham, FAEM, CHEP

Public Health Preparedness Planner & Trainer
Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Tammi Ketcham is a certified Incident Command System and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer. She is also a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) which assures her effectiveness in the following areas: evaluating our community’s vulnerability to hazards, emergency response planning and communication, incident response, medical surge capacity, organizational culture, fire and egress, pandemics, terrorism, and natural disasters.

Tammi advises leaders in the Sarasota County Health Department and private sector/healthcare and medical facilities in the development of public health and medical response plans to bioterrorism and other natural or man-made disasters. She is an active member of the Sarasota County Healthcare Preparedness Consortium, a partnership of local health and medical organizations (i.e. hospitals, dialysis centers, hospice, health department and others) that work year-round to assure a coordinated response to all potential emergencies and disasters in Sarasota County. This organization also provides leadership to assure the effective use of valuable health and medical resources during a community emergency.

Tammi coordinates and facilitates preparedness trainings, exercises and drills and after action responsibilities in compliance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards. She also provides local oversight of the Florida Department of Health Emergency Notification System (FDENS)/Florida Emergency Health Volunteer Registry (FEHVR) databases. As MRC coordinator, she handles volunteer recruitment, retention and credentialing.

Michael Drennon

Michael Drennon, MSPH

County Epidemiologist

Michael received his Masters of Science in Public Health from The University of South Florida and his Bachelors Degree from The University of Tennessee. He previously was a Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellow assigned to Sarasota. During this time Michael participated in public health surveillance activities and data analysis, led outbreak investigations, conducted multiple community presentations on public health threats, improved local preparedness for infectious disease disasters, and closely worked with community partners to improve the health of the residents of Sarasota County. Michael works with all divisions of the health department to describe the patterns and distribution of conditions of public health importance in Sarasota County in order to provide valuable information to drive public health policies and practice.

William Heymann MD

William C. Heymann, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.

Medical Executive Director

As Sarasota County Health Department’s Medical Executive Director, Dr. Heymann supervises the Sarasota County Health Department’s staff physicians, dental clinics, pharmacy and medical laboratories. He also works closely with community agencies, health care providers and others in addressing health care issues.

Dr. Heymann received his medical degree from Medical College of Ohio. He has extensive training and experience in family and community medicine, and is experienced in medical disaster management. He is board certified in internal medicine and a diplomate in tropical medicine and hygiene. Dr. Heymann has served as Chairman of Critical Care at Cedars Medical Center in Miami, where he practiced as a critical care and emergency physician. Additionally, he was on the teaching staff at University of Miami, V.A. Medical Center and is currently clinical assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine, Sarasota Campus.