DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, fire, hazardous materials spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It can build over days or weeks, or hit suddenly without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disasters and its terrifying consequences. In our community, the primary hazards we face are severe weather and hazardous materials incidents.
The primary mission of the Lee County Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect our community from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters by leading and supporting the Cities of Auburn, Opelika, Smiths Station and the unincorporated areas of Lee County in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Lee County Emergency Management Agency acts as a focal point for distribution of grant funding passed through to our County from the Alabama Department of Homeland Security. This funding has increased the overall preparedness level of our local law enforcement, fire and the emergency medical system.
The September 11 attacks on the United States presented a challenge to our government and citizens that has not been forgotten by those of us who are charged with public safety. In todays world of global insecurity, we, the staff of the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, pledge our dedication to the government we serve, the first responders of our community and the citizens we are charged to protect.
"When we have a free path, we go forward. If we meet an obstacle, we go around it. If the object cannot be overcome, we retreat. When the enemy is unprepared, we surprise him. If he is alert, we leave him alone."
- The Baader-Meinhoff Gang
German terrorist group active from 1968 - 1977
The EMA operates under authority of the State of Alabama and the Lee County Commission. It receives its funding from the Lee County Commission, cities of Opelika and Auburn, and from State and Federal sources.