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Emergency Management was established in the United States by the Federal Defense Act of 1950, which created our nation's Office of Civil Defense. This act is the foundation for the Emergency Management System that we have today. The Douglas County Emergency Management program is based on the requirements of the Georgia Emergency Management Act of 1981, as amended December 1992. This law also establishes the legal protection and authority of the Emergency Management Agency to work in times of a disaster.
The Emergency Management Agency is responsible for the management of all emergency preparedness program areas within the county. The primary role of the agency is to develop and implement comprehensive disaster planning, mitigation and response activities within Douglas County under the provisions of Georgia statutes.
Additionally, the agency develops and maintains emergency plans for all types of natural, technological and manmade disasters and other emergencies that threaten the county, and provides the analysis and recommendations necessary to make decisions that will effectively save lives and protect property in such emergencies.
The agency also coordinates Emergency Management Services for the county by providing leadership, planning, education and resources to protect lives, property and the environment.
In times of emergency or disaster, Douglas County EMA coordinates the response of local agencies ensuring the most appropriate resources are dispatched to the impacted area. Through its major programs, EMA works with local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector throughout Douglas County to develop disaster preparedness plans and mitigation projects, and provide training and exercise activities.
Douglas County EMA has qualified for the Federal Performance Partnership Agreement, which ensures the county federal disaster assistance and individual assistance in the event of a major disaster. In addition to being eligible for federal assistance, our personal qualifications which are based on meeting state mandated training requirements enable us to receive funding from the federal government to aid in our mitigation efforts. Douglas County is committed to taking a proactive approach to the Emergency Management efforts in our community.
It is the ongoing goal of the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency to:
- Work with federal, state and local governments and the private sector to provide an efficient, coordinated response to emergencies/disasters;
- Develop and maintain an updated database of available emergency resources;
- Provide assistance to local governmental units to develop an Emergency Operations Plan designed to coordinate emergency response and recovery elements;
- Offer a uniform set of guidelines by which a local unit of government can receive accreditation for its Emergency Operations Plan;
- Promote cooperation and assistance (mutual aid) among local units of government in response to emergencies/disasters;
- Encourage local units of government to emphasize continued emergency management training for emergency response personnel;
- Network with and support the objectives of local Emergency Services (ESDA) programs;
- Support the principles of professional emergency management by distributing emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation information to local units of government.
Are You Prepared?
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Family Preparedness: Is everyone ready?
Every family member - from kids to elderly loved ones to pets - should be ready for emergencies. Is your family prepared? Ready Georgia can help take the guesswork out of preparing with a customized Ready kit and family plan. Make yours today - Click here for a family emergency plan checklist! Just print it out, fill in the blanks, and you are already one step safer!
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GEMA's Ready Georgia wants to be sure every older Georgian is prepared for an emergency. Is your elderly family member or loved one ready for a disaster?
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Get your pets ready!
Pets are part of the family, too, so don't forget about them when preparing and planning for emergencies. Make a Ready kit for your pet and know where to take him or her in an emergency. Not sure what to put in your pet's Ready kit? Click here to watch the video and find out what Dr. Will recommends.
Kids can get ready, too!
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Draft 2015 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Draft 2015 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for download/viewing from the list on the right-hand side of this web page.
The Public is encouraged to submit comments on the Plan at any time. The Douglas County Mitigation Planning Committee will review and determine relevant comments to include during the next update of the plan.
To make comments, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.