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EMA prepares for all kids of emergencies
Emergency responder spotlight
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Tom Burriss, director of the Liberty-Hinesville Emergency Management Agency (left) and Linus Woodard, Environmental Health Program manager, discuss the upcoming storm season during Hurricane Awareness day in June. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
 Liberty-Hinesville Emergency Management Agency, a collaboration of the county and city governments, has the lead role in preparing for and responding to major emergencies and disasters.
During the Cold War, the agency was called civil defense because of its emphasis on preparedness for nuclear war. Its current name reflects a shift in priorities toward an “all-hazard approach” that emphasizes prevention, response and recovery.
One of the most basic responsibilities of government is to provide for the safety and welfare of its citizens before, during and after major emergencies and disasters. This is accomplished by providing communitywide leadership, guidance, support and coordination in the areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. LHEMA has two full-time professionals and a part-time deputy director supported by many volunteers who receive the equivalent in specialized training as police officers, paramedics or career fire fighters. Like these other public safety officials, LHEMA staff members serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Tom Burriss is LHEMA director.
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