Emergency Management / Office of Homeland Security

The Jackson County EMA / OHS coordinates the efforts of the county in the areas of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters and major emergencies in the county. Formerly known as Civil Defense due to the focus on preparedness for nuclear attack, Emergency Management changed with the times and shifted priorities to include an “all-hazard” approach to emergency planning regardless of the cause or nature of the emergency. The Jackson County EMA / OHS is a division of the Jackson County Department of Emergency Services which operates under the authority of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.

Financial Assistance


Jackson County Emergency Management is the local branch of the Georgia Emergency Management / Office of Homeland Security at the state level and the Federal Emergency Management Agency/Office of Homeland Security at the Federal level. Jackson County EMA / OHS works with these agencies and other local, state and federal agencies before, during and after an emergency or disaster. Jackson County EMA / OHS has qualified for the Federal Performance Partnership Agreement, which ensures the county federal disaster assistance and individual assistance in the event of a declared major disaster.

In addition to being eligible for federal assistance during a declared major disaster, our personal qualifications, which are based on meeting state mandated training requirements enable us to receive funding to aid in other efforts.
  1. Tommy Kesler

    Tommy Kesler

    EMA Director / Communications
    Phone: 706-367-1232