Emergency Management Office

  1. Booster Doses Authorized for Moderna and J&J COVID Vaccines

    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and health districts throughout Georgia will begin offering booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID vaccine Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Read on...
  2. 22nd Declaration of Local Emergency Requires Masks When Inside Public Spaces

    The Mayor & Commission approved the 22nd declaration of a local state of emergency at their October 5 regular session. The declaration continues a mask requirement when indoors in private entities or public spaces. Read on...
  3. Athens-Clarke County COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program

    Starting, Sep. 3, those who live, work, or go to school in Athens-Clarke County and have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible for a $100 gift card when getting a shot at the Clarke County Health Department or other sponsored clinic. 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.