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Effingham EMA Office
Physical Address: 181 Recycle Way, Guyton GA 31312
(secure location, entry by appointment only)

Mailing Address: 601 North Laurel St, Springfield GA 31329

Phone: 912-754-8200



Text "Follow EffinghamEMA" to 40404 for alerts.

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Emergency Preparedness

How will you contact your family and friends during an emergency?

Here are a few easy steps to start your emergency communication plan:

  1. Understand how to receive emergency alerts and warnings.  Make sure all household members are able to get alerts about an emergency from local officials. Check with your local emergency management agency to see what is available in your area, and learn more about alerts by visiting: www.ready.gov/alerts.
  2. Discuss family/household plans for disasters that may affect your area and plan where to go. Plan together in advance so that everyone in the household understands where to go during a different type of disaster like a hurricane, tornado, or wildfire.  
  3. Collect information. Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family that includes:
  • phone (work, cell, office)
  • email
  • social media
  • medical facilities, doctors, service providers
  • school
  1. Identify information and pick an emergency meeting place.Things to consider:
  • Decide on safe, familiar places where your family can go for protection or to reunite.
  • Make sure these locations are accessible for household members with disabilities or access and functional needs.
  • If you have pets or service animals, think about animal-friendly locations.

         Examples of meeting places:

  • In your neighborhood: A mailbox at the end of the driveway, or a neighbor’s house.
  • Outside of your neighborhood: library, community center, place of worship, or family friend’s home.
  • Outside of your town or city: home of a relative or family friend. Make sure everyone knows the address of the meeting place and discuss ways you would get there.
  1. Share information. Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet. You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or family bulletin board.
  2. Practice your plan. Have regular household meetings to review your emergency plans, communication plans and meeting place after a disaster, and then practice, just like you would a fire drill.


Hurricane Season Starts June 1st!

Know What to Do Before the Tropical Storm or Hurricane

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins on June 1. It is vital to understand your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. Here is your checklist of things to do BEFORE hurricane seasons begins.

  • Know your zone: Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts? Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office or by checking the evacuation site website.
  • Put Together an Emergency Kit: Put together a basic emergency. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters.
  • Write or review your Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Start at the Ready.Gov emergency plan webpage.
  • Review Your Insurance Policies: Review your insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property.
  • Understand NWS forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
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Stay Weather Aware

Advance warning is the most powerful preparedness tool for severe weather. Every family should have one or more methods for receiving severe weather alerts, and at least one of these should have an audible alert to wake you in case the alert comes in the middle of the night.

Sign up for TEXT ALERTS through the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency, text the words "Follow EffinghamEMA" to the number 40404 to receive important information that impacts Effingham County.

Additional resources for alerts are the Ready Georgia  and Red Cross Emergency apps, free to download for Android or iPhone users.

What Is Emergency Management? Minimize
Emergency Management is a combination of your local, state and federal governments working together in partnership with local volunteers and businesses, to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards that affect a jurisdiction.

The Effingham County Emergency Management Agency is the local agency with the responsible for coordination and mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery efforts to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Effingham County.

There are many natural hazards that may impact the communities in Effingham County. These include hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, lightning, floods, winter storms and wild fires. These are dangerous and often unpredictable events. It is very important that citizens know the safety precautions to take before an emergency and what actions to take during an emergency, whether natural or caused by man. In addition to the many natural hazards that may impact the county, there are other man-made and technological hazards that pose an equal, if not greater, threat to the citizens.
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Special Medical Needs?  The Functional Needs Registry is made up of residents who may require transportation and medical assistance and have no other resources such as family or friends who can help them if they must evacuate when a hurricane is threatening our area. Residents must apply and then qualify to be on the Registry. In the event of an evacuation, local hospitals will not accept Functional or Medical needs citizens.  Therefore, if residents do not register, they will need  to make their own plans. To apply, residents should call the Effingham County Health Department at 912-754-7623.  The application can also be found here: Application  Completed applications must be mailed to the Effingham County Health Department at P.O. Box 350 Springfield, GA 31329.   You can see their 30-second public service announcement here:



Emergency Management Ordinance  EEMA

Emergency Evacuation Plan 

Debris Management Plan   Debris Plan

Emergency Operations Plan   EOP

Warming / Cooling Station Policy  WCSOP

Public Awareness and Education Plan  PAEP

Volunteer and Donations Management Plan  

Mass Fatality Mortuary Plan  MFMP

2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan *Document*

Emergency Operations Center Activation Policy  EOC

Interested in Volunteering for the Effingham Emergency Management Agency?  Just fill out the Volunteer Application and turn bring it in!  Application

Re-Entry Pass Application 2011-2015 Re-entry Pass APPLICATION.pdf

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