Emergency Management/Office of Homeland Security
The Jackson County EMA/OHS coordinates the efforts of the county in the areas of Mitigation,
Preparedness, Response and Recovery from disasters and major emergencies in the county. Formerly known as Civil
Defense due to the focus on preparedness for nuclear attack, Emergency Management changed with the times and
shifted priorities to include an “All-Hazard” approach to emergency planning regardless of the cause or nature
of the emergency. The Jackson County EMA/OHS is a division of the
Jackson County Department of Emergency Services which operates under the authority of the Jackson County Board
Jackson County Emergency Management is the local branch of the Georgia Emergency Management
/Office of Homeland Security at the state level and the Federal Emergency Management Agency/Office of Homeland
Security at the Federal level. Jackson County EMA/OHS works with these
agencies and other local, state and federal agencies before, during and after an emergency or disaster. Jackson
County EMA/OHS has qualified for the Federal Performance Partnership Agreement, which ensures the county federal
disaster assistance and individual assistance in the event of a declared major
In addition to being eligible for federal assistance during a declared major disaster, our personal qualifications, which are based on meeting state
mandated training requirements enable us to receive funding to aid in other
Some of the Agency’s responsibilities.
1. Maintain a workable Local Emergency Operations
2. Encourage and facilitate interagency cooperation and coordination of various
local first responders and their departments, i.e. Volunteers, Fire, Ems, Law enforcement, state agencies,
federal agencies, private organizations and any other department or organizations that would have a role in any
major emergency situation.
3. Maintain and staff an effective Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assist in
coordinating response activities, allocating resources and facilitate recovery efforts where Agency/Department
Heads will work together in a unified structure to respond and or mitigate an emergency or
4. Disseminate emergency warning information to the public, governmental
agencies, and industries by using warning sirens, weather radios and other emergency notification systems. We
are recognized as a Stormready community by the National Weather Service and have the support of a Skywarn Team
and a Amateur Radio Emergency Services Team (A.R.E.S.)
5. Actively promote school, government and citizen disaster preparedness and self
sufficiency through public education programs such as Ready Georgia., Community Emergency Response Team (CERT),
American Red Cross and other programs.
6. If needed, respond to emergency and/or disaster incidents to assist first
response agencies with incident coordination, provide auxiliary communication, obtain outside resources and help
in the transition from response to recovery activities.
7. Assist with obtaining training programs such as Incident Command
required classes for local governments and all public safety personnel and also schedule Training Activates
and classes at the Jackson Fire Training Center.
8. Homeland Security aspect, Conduct
threat assessments throughout the county, research intelligence information, and coordinate activities with
local Sheriff’s office, Police Departments, State Agencies and Federal
9. Coordinate with the American Red Cross for emergency shelter locations and Mass
care during an emergency or major disaster.
10. Conducts damage
assessments that may result in a disaster declaration that can provide assistance to individuals, businesses,
non-profit organizations and local governments.
11.Maintain records and
report compliance for all agencies and Departments (City and County) in Jackson County for the National Incident Management System training as required
by Ga. and Federal
JACKSON COUNTY RESCUE
The Jackson County Volunteer Rescue Squads are comprised of Volunteers, who without any kind
of compensation, 24 hours a day 7days a week, responded with EMS crews and other public safety units to
emergency scenes to provide basic life support, auto extrication, missing persons searches and other services to
the citizens of Jackson County. These volunteers spend their time and energy to
help provide safer communities in which our citizens can live.
There are four main areas of focus utilized by this
department in meeting its goals:
MITIGATION: In the area of mitigation, the Jackson County EMA has developed a pre-disaster mitigation
plan to eliminate or reduce the effects of hazards within the county. This project required a group effort between
the county, the cities, the state, and non-governmental agencies so that all areas within the county remain
eligible for federal mitigation funds and aid.
PREPAREDNESS: To meet preparedness goals we continually review our emergency operations plan
and conduct exercises each year. These
exercises are geared to evaluate our response capabilities and to determine what changes and improvements we need
to make to meet response needs during emergencies. The department also conducts preparedness programs for the
citizens and has obtained Storm Ready® status as designated by the National Weather
RESPONSE: Proper mitigation and preparedness are both critical if we
are to perform well in the next area of responsibility which is response. During significant emergency events requiring multiple agency
involvement, the Jackson County EMA is responsible for activating the Emergency Operations Center or “EOC” and coordinating the response. The EMA is also responsible for
advising the Commission Chairman to request assistance from the State when local capabilities are
RECOVERY: As soon as practical during or after response, the EMA is
responsible to begin coordinating recovery activities. These activities can include requesting the
establishment of a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, debris removal, restoring utilities, and rebuilding critical infrastructure and
facilities. Jackson County has
an accepted debris management plan.
BECOME INFORMED &
Citizens of the county can assist
with community preparedness by becoming informed and preparing themselves and their families for emergencies. In
the event of a disaster citizens should be prepared to cope until help arrives which can take from hours to days
during a major event. Information on how to prepare can be obtained by visiting the websites
American Red Cross