Emergency Management (EOC / E-9-1-1)


Morgan County Emergency Management Agency coordinates the efforts of the county in preparing for and responding to major emergencies and disasters. In times past, this agency was called Civil Defense because of its emphasis on preparedness for nuclear attack. The current name, Emergency Management, reflects a shift in priorities toward an “all hazards” approach which emphasizes preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation, regardless of the cause.


Morgan County Emergency Management is the local equivalent of Office of Homeland Security / Georgia Emergency Management Agency (OHS/GEMA) at the state level and Federal Emergency Management (OHS/FEMA) at the federal level. It works closely with these agencies and others before, during and after emergencies / disasters to coordinate the protection of lives and property.




Gwen Ruark
Phone: 706-342-2459
Email Gwen Ruark

MORGAN COUNTY EMA Urges Morgan County Residents to Get Ready for Severe Weather

Severe Weather Preparedness Week Observed Feb. 2-6

From tornadoes to lightning to floods, Morgan County is susceptible to a variety of natural disasters. Severe weather is dangerous and can strike with very little warning, which is why it’s important to get ready in advance. Severe Weather Preparedness Week runs from February 2 - 6, and it’s a great time to make sure you and your family are prepared.

Each day during Severe Weather Preparedness Week focuses on a different type of threat faced by Georgians. Morgan County EMA encourages all residents to take a few minutes to learn about how to deal with each emergency.

“In an emergency, first responders may not be able to reach you immediately, basic services may be cut off, or you may be unable to leave home for several days,” said Gwen Ruark, Director Morgan County EMA. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes each day to think about how you would deal with each potential threat and to assess your level of preparedness.”

The week’s activities begin with Family Preparedness Day on Feb. 2, when Morgan County households are encouraged to program their NOAA Weather Radios. All of the following days focus on a different threat and how to get prepared.

  • Monday, Feb. 2 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day
  • Tuesday, Feb. 3 – Thunderstorm Safety
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4 – Tornado Safety and PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety
  • Thursday, Feb. 5 – Lightning Safety
  • Friday, Feb. 6 – Flood Safety (alternate PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety)

On Wednesday, when tornado safety is emphasized, residents, schools and businesses statewide are encouraged to participate in Ready Georgia’s PrepareAthon! For Tornado Safety, a statewide tornado drill.

Another valuable tool for Morgan County residents is the Ready Georgia smartphone app. This free app, available for both iPhone and Android devices, provides mobile access to a variety of emergency preparedness tools. For more information about Severe Weather Preparedness Week and events occurring locally, Email Morgan County EMA or call 706-342-2459.