Emergency Management Office

  1. Governor Executive Order: Executive Order to Ensure a Safe & Healthy Georgia

    Issuing a statewide shelter in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read on...
  2. Georgia Department of Public Health: New Data Supports Social Distancing Now More Than Ever

    New data indicates that as many as 25% of individuals infected with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic. Additionally, science also now informs us that individuals who are symptomatic are infectious up to 48 hours before symptoms appear. Read on...
  3. UPDATE: Tax Assessor Requests Residents Return Conservation Use Applications by Mail by June 1

    Deadline extended: applications must be postmarked & notarized by June 1. Applications can be mailed to the Tax Assessor, 325 East Washington Street, Room 280, Athens, Georgia, 30601. Appointments can be made for those who cannot mail applications. 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.