Emergency Management Office

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    The Mayor and Commission approved the 15th declaration of a local state of emergency at their April 6 meeting. Among other measures, the declaration continues a requirement for face covers in entities and public spaces. 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.