Emergency Management Office

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    Effective as of July 26, 2021, all staff, students, and visitors on any Clarke County School District property are required to wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Read on...
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    The Mayor & Commission approved the 19th declaration of a local state of emergency at the July 20 special called session. The declaration extends some alcoholic beverage considerations. Read on...
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    The Northeast Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health has launched extensive COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts, with a focus on mobile vaccination clinics to meet people where they are – at home, at work, and in the community. Read on...
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The mission of the Athens-Clarke County Emergency Management Office (EMA) is to provide a comprehensive and aggressive all-hazards approach to homeland security and disaster initiatives, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and special events. The purpose of our mission is to protect life and property and to prevent and/or reduce the negative impact of natural and man-made events in Athens-Clarke County.


When disaster strikes, sometimes the destruction is so severe that the county’s responders are overwhelmed. That is when EMA steps in to help and may ask the governor to declare a state of emergency in order to make state resources available to the afflicted area.


It can take years for a community to recover from a disaster, and EMA is there every step of the way. Whether coordinating clean-up efforts, educating victims about available relief programs, distributing disaster relief funds, or providing communities with the tools to identify public structures in areas that are at risk of damage, EMA is ready to address the consequences of disaster and reduce future risk.