EMA - Emergency Management Agency

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Michael Terrell, Director

Nic Burgess, Emergency Management Coordinator

195 International Park
Newnan, GA 30265

Phone: 770-254-5809

 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update


Emergency Management plans and prepares for disasters and emergencies and coordinates the efforts of all emergency services during and after an emergency or disaster occurs.  EMA also serves as the liaison between all local emergency services and any state or federal support services.

Emergency Management is the preparation for delivery of all emergency functions (other than thoseprovided by military forces) to prevent, minimize, and repair injury and damage resulting from emergencies, energy emergencies, disasters, or the imminent threat thereof, of manmade or natural origin caused by enemy attack, sabotage, civil disturbance, fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, wave action, oil spill, water contamination, epidemic, air contamination, blight, drought, infestation, explosion, riot or other hostile action, or other causes.

Emergency/Disaster Ordinances

Local ordinances dealing with emergencies and disasters approved by the Coweta County Board of Commissioners include, but are not limited to:

Ordinance Authorizing The Imposition Of Curfews During Times Of Emergency Or Disaster: Allows the Board of Commissioners to institute a curfew either: (1) following a declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor; or (2) following the existence of an emergency or disaster as determined by the Board of Commissioners. The curfew is instituted through the adoption of a resolution specifying the dates, hours and territory within the county to which the curfew applies. The curfew does not apply to individuals rendering emergency services (e.g., EMA employees, fire department employees, law enforcement employees, rescue workers, medical service providers, utility repair employees, military personnel, etc.). The resolution instituting curfew may also exempt other individuals (e.g., news media employees, regular employees of local industries, building and repair contractors, etc.) in the discretion of the Board of Commissioners.

Ordinance Authorizing The Suspension Of Portions Of The Code Of Ordinances And Other Formalities During A State Of Emergency:  Allows the Board of Commissioners to waive certain formalities during a state of emergency: (1) Commission meetings may be held at places other than the regular meeting place - even outside of the county; (2) Regular purchasing procedures (i.e., placing a notice of bidding a project in the legal organ and at the courthouse for four weeks prior to the acceptance of a contract, letting out contracts only to the lowest bidder, etc.) may be suspended; (3) Enforcement of certain portions of the code of ordinances may be suspended when normal application of the code would be inconsistent with the public health, safety and welfare; (4) The Board of Commissioners may suspend or reduce permit fees, application fees or other rate schedules to encourage the rebuilding of the area impacted by the disaster; and (5) The Board of Commissioners may, administratively allow the placement of temporary housing that might otherwise be prohibited by the zoning regulations.

The Ordinance To Prohibit Overcharging Of Goods, Materials, Services And Housing During A State Of Emergency: Prohibits price gouging during a state of emergency and up to 6 months following the emergency declaration.