Emergency Management Office

  1. Governor’s Statewide Executive Order for January 16-31, 2021

    Governor Kemp signed an Executive Order extending current COVID-19 restrictions and the public health state of emergency. The Executive Order runs through January 31. Read on...
  2. Volunteer for COVID-19 Vaccination Response

    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 vaccination response. Read on...
  3. Northeast Health District Opens Drive-Through Vaccination Clinic By Appointment

    In order to meet the increased demand resulting from expansion of the first tier, the Northeast Health District will open an appointment-based, combination COVID-19 testing and vaccination drive-through at a new site at 355 Oneta Street as of Jan. 12. Read on...
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The mission of the Athens-Clarke County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) 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 OEM 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 OEM 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, OEM is ready to address the consequences of disaster and reduce future risk.