Emergency Management Office

  1. Governor Executive Order: Safety of Employees & Residents of Nursing Homes/Long-Term Care Facilities

    That nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and similar facilities shall implement a number of safety protocols and shall follow directives of the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia National Guard. Read on...
  2. Governor Executive Order: Suspension of Short-Term Rentals

    For the purpose of limiting the spread of COVID-19, no vacation rentals shall occur in Georgia from Thursday, April 9 through Thursday, April 30 aside from a few exceptions. Read on...
  3. Governor Executive Order: Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency

    The Governor's Executive Order extends the statewide shelter-in-place ordinance that originally expired at the end of the day on April 13 until the end of the day on April 30 unless further extended or changed. Read on...
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The mission of the Athens-Clarke County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is to provide a comprehensive and aggressive all-hazards approach to homeland security and disaster initiatives, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and special events. The purpose of our mission is to protect life and property and to prevent and/or reduce the negative impact of natural and man-made events in Athens-Clarke County.


When disaster strikes, sometimes the destruction is so severe that the county’s responders are overwhelmed. That is when OEM steps in to help and may ask the governor to declare a state of emergency in order to make state resources available to the afflicted area.


It can take years for a community to recover from a disaster, and OEM is there every step of the way. Whether coordinating clean-up efforts, educating victims about available relief programs, distributing disaster relief funds, or providing communities with the tools to identify public structures in areas that are at risk of damage, OEM is ready to address the consequences of disaster and reduce future risk.