Jake Hughes, EMA Director
The Ben Hill County EMA's purpose is to increase the resiliency and its ability to respond and recover from the hazards that threaten our community. This is done through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, which is a combined effort with EMS, E-911, Police and Sheriff's Departments, Fire Department, and the Volunteer Fire Department.
What is Emergency Management?
The Emergency Management network 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 Ben Hill County Emergency Management Agency is the local agency with the responsibility for coordination and mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery efforts to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Ben Hill County. Many natural hazards may impact the communities in Ben Hill County.
These include tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, lightning, floods, winter storms, and wildfires. 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, other man-made and technological hazards pose an equal, if not greater, threat to the citizens.