Appling County Emergency Management Agency

259 West Parker Street

Baxley GA 31513


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     The Appling County Emergency Management Agency is Appling County's disaster preparedness and emergency response organization.  It is the goal of ACEMA and its membership to both plan for and respond to any emergency or disaster either natural or man-made.  To achieve this goal, ACEMA works closely with the following agencies:



•The Georgia Emergency Management Agency

•The Federal Emergency Management Agency

•The Appling Community Emergency Medical Service

•​The Appling County Sheriff's Office

•All Appling County City Police Departments

•Appling County E911 Operations

•All Appling County City Fire Departments

•The Appling County Road Department

•All Appling County First Responders

•Other County EMAs in cases of mutual aid



   The men and women of ACEMA are volunteers who live in and around Appling County.​  Each member is trained in various areas of emergency response and disaster mitigation.



In 2007, FEMA adopted the following mission statement for all EMAs in the United States:



     Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.



     Emergency management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters.



     Emergency management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.




Emergency management must be:


1.Comprehensive: emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters.


2.Progressive: emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities.


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 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.Coordinated: emergency managers synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose.


7.Flexible: emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.


8.Professional: emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement.


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