The Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency has been named the 2016 Georgia Emergency Management Agency of the Year by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia.
EMA Director Claude Craig, along with Deputy Director Jeff Ownby and Emergency Management Specialist Amy Cooley, picked up the award on April 22, the closing day of the Annual Emergency Management Summit and Training Session held by the association at the Savannah Trade and Convention Center.
“It’s a great honor to know we were recognized for our work that has helped make Whitfield County and the citizens more prepared for when a disaster strikes this community,” Cooley said, a notion seconded by Craig and Ownby.
The award was based on the wide range of activities of Whitfield EMA during 2015, including the PrepareAthon! and a partnership with the Red Cross to distribute more than 700 free weather radios and smoke detectors to local residents. EMA also continued to support the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program that since 2010 has taught more than 230 residents how to keep their families, neighbors and community safer in the aftermath of a disaster. Whitfield plans to have two CERT classes this year, including one in June that is currently accepting participants.