Whitfield County EMA named agency of the year

DALTON, Ga. (WDEF) – The Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency announced Monday it has been named 2016 Georgia Emergency Management Agency of the Year by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia.

Whitfield County reports EMA Director Claude Craig, Deputy Director Jeff Ownby and Emergency Management Specialist Amy Cooley picked up the award on April 22.

The award was based on the wide range of activities of Whitfield EMA during 2015.

That includes the PrepareAthon! as well as a partnership with the Red Cross to distribute more than 700 free weather radios and smoke detectors to local residents.

EMA spokesman Mitch Tally said the Whitfield County EMA also continued to support the CERT program (Community Emergency Response Team) that since 2010 has taught more than 230 residents how to keep their families, neighbors, and community safer in the aftermath of a disaster.

He added Whitfield plans to have two CERT classes this year, including one in June that is currently accepting participants.

Last year’s PrepareAthon! made Whitfield the first county in Georgia to partner with FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It pushed the importance of residents being prepared for emergencies of all kinds, natural and manmade. Activities included tornado drills at schools, churches, and major industries like Mohawk and Shaw.

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