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WHAT DOES EMA DO
What does the EMA do?
We provide information and resources to protect lives and property during a disaster. When first responders need extra help in an emergency, they call EMA—similar to how citizens call 9-1-1 when they have an emergency. We do outreach and training by working with the media and using social media to help the public prepare for emergencies. During an emergency, we notify the public by using outdoor warning sirens, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and by working with news media and social media.
We develop emergency plans to help the whole community prepare for and respond to disasters. We recruit volunteers and provide training to help local groups like churches and disaster relief organizations work together with first responders. We work with FEMA and Homeland Security to make sure local responders have access to the best training available. We put together emergency drills and exercises so that local agencies can test their emergency plans.
In an emergency, we are the link between the county, the state, and FEMA. We work with partners like the National Weather Service to keep the community informed about hazards, how to prepare for them, and what actions to take during an emergency. We help local organizations access resources from outside the county through mutual aid agreements and the Alabama EMA. After a disaster, we work with FEMA to survey damage and help affected local residents access disaster assistance.
Protecting the Citizens of Calhoun County
The goal of the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is to protect the health, safety, and economic interests of the residents of Calhoun County from the impacts of natural and man-made hazards. The EMA is responsible for coordinating with other local, state, and federal agencies before, during, and after a disaster strikes. We are also here to assist local governments, businesses, and other organizations with disaster preparedness training and emergency plans.
The Calhoun County EMA works towards our goal of protecting our citizens through mitigation and preparedness programs as well as response and recovery efforts. Mitigation efforts include projects like community tornado saferooms. Our preparedness program is focused on educating the citizens of Calhoun County about the many hazards they may face, both natural and man-made. Our public outreach program includes preparedness presentations to students, community groups, businesses, and seniors. The goal of this program is to stress the importance of individual preparedness.
When a disaster happens, the Calhoun County EMA is ready to respond. Our agency hosts the county's Emergency Operation Center (EOC). The EOC is the central coordination hub during major incidents. The EMA works closely with local first responders, municipalities, the Calhoun County Commission, and other stakeholders. The Calhoun County EMA also works with citizens and businesses to manage disaster recovery efforts. For any presidentially-declared disaster, the Calhoun County EMA coordinates the delivery of state and federal disaster assistance programs to affected residents.
The Calhoun County EMA is here to serve you!