What We Do

Crisp County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is a unit of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office that coordinates the county’s preparedness, response and recovery efforts to disasters. Crisp County EMA works with state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to prevent and respond to natural and man-made emergencies. They are charged with creating and maintaining the framework within the community to reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters that includes the County, City of Cordele and City of Arabi.

The Emergency Management program is based on the requirements of the Georgia Emergency Management Act of 1981, as amended December 1992. The Crisp County Board of Commissioners, City of Cordele Commissioners, and Mayor of Arabi, approved and created the local EMA by resolution which was updated in October 2008.

The agency's primary responsibilities are to develop and maintain emergency plans, conduct disaster training exercises for all agencies, provide emergency public information, provide awareness and education programs, coordinate area emergency service agencies, and coordinate community warning systems.

Planning, preparation and training are essential when dealing with different types of disasters. Crisp County EMA develops and maintains a comprehensive county emergency plan to ensure mitigation and preparedness, appropriate response and timely recovery from natural and man-made hazards which may affect residents of Crisp County. All actions undertaken by emergency management focus on the protection of lives and property, with special sensitivity toward victims and their families.