The Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency is staffed with a director, deputy director and one secretary. Our responsibilities include planning, emergency policies and procedures that will help to make sure we are prepared for an event should it happen. Our office also has automatic weather notification equipment that sends out text messages or emails to department heads and industries. These notifications are sent based on receiving information from the National Weather Service out of Huntsville Alabama. We have ten tornado sirens located within the city and county. Homeland Security grants for Lincoln County are administered out of our office and we actively work with all local industries on hazard mitigation. Day to day operations of emergency management are overseen by the county mayor, a five member advisory committee made up of county commissioners and the EMA Director. All Volunteer services are under the oversight of the EMA director, who also serves as the county fire chief.

Lincoln County EMA Honored

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At the EMA Conference in Chattanooga, Angela and I were presented with our Certified Emergency Manager Professional Certification. A definition of this certification is as follows: The Certified Emergency Management Program was created to raise and maintain professional standards in the State of Tennessee.  It is a program to certify basic competencies within the profession.  The intent of the program is to certify the education and experience of professionals from the proficiency level to senior level to advanced level.

We were given this award during a joint luncheon with the county mayors and commissioners who were also in Chattanooga for their conference. We were honored to have Mayor Newman and Commissioner Steve Graham join us and be a part of the awards ceremony.