Emergency Management Agency

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preparing the community


Director: Spencer Hawkins



700 Poplar Street

Macon, Georgia 31201

P: (478) 832-6300



Spencer Hawkins, CEM, GA-CEM



Robert D. McCord, GA-CEM

Deputy Director


Moranda Guy

Administrative Assistant


David Canady

President, EMA Volunteer Group


The Macon – Bibb County Office of Emergency Management has been an integral part of the organizational structure of the City of Macon and Bibb County since 1961. The mission of the Macon – Bibb County Emergency Management Agency is to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a host of potential hazards and threats that may affect the citizens of Macon – Bibb County.

In doing so, this agency implements the Emergency Operations Plan to coordinate the emergency response for all Macon-Bibb County Organizations.   Emergency Management is also responsible for educating the public in the area of Disaster Preparedness, such as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Our agency has qualified for the Federal Performance Partnership Agreement, which can assist Macon-Bibb County agencies and individuals with federal disaster assistance in the event of a catastrophic disaster.  In addition to being eligible for federal assistance, our professional qualifications which are based on meeting state mandated training requirements enable us to receive funding from the federal government to aid in our mitigation efforts. Therefore, we at Macon – Bibb are committed to taking a proactive approach to the Emergency Management efforts in our community.

The principles of Emergency Management are mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Mitigation and preparedness are proactive functions, implemented before an emergency occurs. Response and recovery activities occur following a disaster.

  • Mitigation includes the activities that are undertaken to prevent a disaster, reduce the chances of an emergency happening, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies.

  • Preparedness includes plans or preparations made prior to a disaster to save lives and property and to expedite response operations after a disaster occurs.

  • Response is the implementation of preparedness plans, immediate actions taken to save lives and prevent further property damage.

  • Recovery involves the development, coordination, and execution of service- and site-restoration plans and the reconstitution of government operations and services through individual, private sector, nongovernmental, and public assistance programs. Short-term recovery includes damage assessment and the return of vital functions, such as utilities and emergency services, to minimum operating standards. When rebuilding and re-locating is due to damaged property, long-term recovery activities may continue for years.

The Macon – Bibb County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for the coordination of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts pertaining to major emergencies or disasters arising from natural or manmade causes. This is in accordance with State Statutes and Federal Laws. We provide a number of services important to community awareness and preparedness. Services include providing information to the public sector such as our citizens, businesses, industries, schools, hospitals, senior centers, disability centers and organizations to promote disaster planning. The agency has a full-time professional staff. EMA works with all the private and public schools to aid their emergency planning and exercising programs.

EMA will assist all local agencies in the development of their plans, exercising and training programs. The agency maintains a modern federally funded Emergency Operations Center that serves Macon-Bibb County. The EOC meets all FEMA requirements, as a dedicated Direction & Control Facility with communication, early detection and warning systems to protect our community.

The weather here in Central Georgia can change very quickly. It is important to stay updated on the latest conditions and know what may affect you.

Please click on the link to take you to our weather page.

Official Preparedness University Website


Preparedness University is a sponsored division of EMA. We target students of the Macon-Bibb County area between ages 8-18. Our ultimate mission and goal is to empower the youth of Middle Georgia to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made. We care about the safety of our youth and strive to equip them with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them in an emergency. Throughout this program and in the future, we hope to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation. Programs offered: * Family Disaster Planning * CPR and First Aid Training * Fire and Fire Extinguisher Safety * Tour of a local Fire House * Hurricane and Tornado Safety * Flood Safety * Food and Water in an Emergency * Terrorism Attacks * Tour of a local Police Station * Earthquake Safety

Take the Pledge

I pledge to learn the Emergency Risks and appropriate Emergency Responses for our Community

I pledge to create a Disaster “Safety” Kit with my Family

I pledge to create an Emergency Action Plan with my Family

I pledge to Volunteer and attend preparedness training with my Family and Community

I pledge to share my new preparedness experiences with my classmates, friends, and neighbors 


About CERT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, using the model created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, began promoting nationwide use of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept in 1994. Since then, CERTs have been established in hundreds of communities. CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

CERT Trainging will teach participants to:

  • Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
  • Describe the function of CERT and the roles in immediate response.
  • Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.
  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes/workplaces.
  • Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
  • Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
  • Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
  • Perform head-to-toe assessments.
  • Select and set up a treatment area.
  • Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
  • Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
  • Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
  • Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.

CERT training is designed to cover the following:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Disaster Medical Operations–Triage
  • Treating Life Threatening Injuries
  • Disaster Medical Operations–Assessment, Treatment, and Hygiene
  • Light Search and Rescue Team Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • All Training Concludes With A Final Exercise

Target Audience:

  • Neighborhoods
  • Businesses
  • Communities of Faith
  • Scouting Organizations
  • School Staff/Students
  • Clubs/Organizations
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services

Sessions require about 20 hours to complete.

Contact us at:
Macon-Bibb Emegency Management Agency

P.O. Box 247
700 Popular Street
Macon, GA 31202
Phone: (478) 832-6300
Email: ema@macon.ga.us

CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring agency and others that further their skills base. Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

The principles of Macon-Bibb County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is to assist Local, State, Federal Emergency Services with back up radio communications in case of communication infrastructure failure from either man-made or natural disasters. We also provide communications support for disaster relief organization’s, public service events and various training exercises.

We are able to set up an emergency communication station in about 20 minutes. We can run the setup on either a generator, solar or battery power.

We also assist the National Weather Service (NWS) in a storm spotter program called SkyWarn. The NWS comes in and gives us training in understanding weather patterns, basic radar skills and safety. During severe weather we have certified spotters in the field that radio information to the NWS such as wind speed and rain fall amounts, hail size and damage reports.

If you ’re interested in amateur radio or ARES please ask any amateur radio operator or go to WWW.ARRL.ORG


The prionciples of Macon-Bibb County Amateur

Mission Statement:

We carry out or assist in life saving, protection of property and the environment in the event of a natural disaster or emergency situation. Assist law enforcement during civic events. Emergency Management Agency Volunteers are state certified rescue specialists and are trained and certified in First Aid, CPR, Traffic Management, Crime Scene and Perimeter Security, Crowd Control, Radio Communications, Weather Spotting, Surveillance, Vehicle/Special Equipment operation and Hazardous Material Awareness and Monitoring. EMA Volunteers may be called on for assistance by State Agencies, Federal Emergency Management Agencies, municipal authorities statewide,  Law Enforcement  and Fire Departments. EMA Volunteers may be deployed anywhere in our nation for an indefinite amount of time. (Strictly voluntary).

So What Do We Do?

We assist local law enforcement with traffic control during the Cherry Blossom Festival, Christmas and MLK Parades. We also assist with traffic control dur-ing several road races like the Labor Day Road Race. We provide first aid during the Georgia State Fair and assist the Georgia State Highway Patrol with traffic during the Georgia National Fair in Perry. We also assist law enforcement in missing persons, weapon and evidence collection searches. Block roads and divert traffic for downed power lines/trees and provide traffic control for accidents/fires/broken water or gas lines. We participate in safety checkpoints and disaster deployments.

How Can I become a Member of the EMA Volunteer Group?

First fill out an application and have it notarized, take it to Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to complete a background check.  Once completed,  mail it to the address provided. Once the application is received, we will invite you to a meeting (3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:30 PM). You will be placed into a training status for 6 months and assigned a sponsor. During that time you will need to complete a basic first aid and CPR course a Rescue Specialist Course and four online National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses (100, 200, 700 and 800). You may participate in any event that we are called to do so you can gain as much experience as possible. At the end of the 6 month period you will be presented before the general membership and voted on for full membership.


We have two uniforms, a dress uniform that we wear during parades, funerals and special events. We also have a work uniform which consists of a black or tan shirt and black or tan (511 type pants) and black boots. The Volunteer group will allocate $100 towards the purchase of the dress uniform (after you are voted in as a full member).