Office of Emergency Management

We Come Together to Come Through


The Elbert County Office of Emergency Management continuously works to build and support levels of preparedness for the citizens of Elbert County. We work to coordinate with the local, State, and Federal governments as well as the private sector throughout the phases (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) of emergency management.  We will support our stakeholders in collaboratively making informed decisions prior to, during, and when rebuilding from disasters.

Guiding Principles

Emergency Management Strives to be:

  1. Comprehensive – emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, stakeholders, and impacts relevant to disasters.
  2. Progressive – emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and prepara­tory measures to support building disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities utilizing current and advancing methodologies.
  3. Risk-driven – emergency managers use sound risk management principles (hazard identifica­tion, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.
  4. Integrated – emergency managers strive to ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community. 
  5. Collaborative – emergency managers create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication.
  6. Adaptive – emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.  
  7. Systematic – emergency management professionals utilize a number of systems, both technological and process oriented to ensure organization, efficiency, and consistency of the services and products developed. 
  8. Professional – emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship, and continuous improve­ment.