Emergency Management


The mission of the Oglethorpe County of Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is to provide a comprehensive and aggressive all-hazards approach to homeland security and disaster initiatives, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and special events. The purpose of our mission is to protect life and property and to prevent and/or reduce the negative impact of natural and man-made events in Oglethorpe County. 

Douglas Spencer
Emergency Management

Preparedness and Mitigation

Even before the unthinkable happens, emergency management works to reduce the impact of a disaster and plan the response in order to save lives and make Oglethorpe County a safer place to live. Emergency Management helps the community analyze the hazards that may affect them and develop mitigation strategies and emergency operations plans.


When disaster strikes, sometimes the destruction is so severe that the County’s responders are overwhelmed. That is when EMA steps in to help and may ask the Governor to declare a State of Emergency in order to make state resources available to the afflicted area.


Phone: (706) 743-5270

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 261
Lexington, GA 30648

Physical Address:

866 Athens Rd
Crawford, GA 30630


It can take years for a community to recover from a disaster, and EMA is there every step of the way. Whether coordinating clean-up efforts, educating victims about available relief programs, distributing disaster relief funds, or providing communities with the tools to identify public structures in areas that are at risk of damage, EMA is ready to address the consequences of disaster and reduce future risk.

Frequently asked questions

Does Oglethorpe County have tornado sirens?

Oglethorpe County does have one tornado siren located in the City of Lexington.

Why can’t I hear the warning sirens in my house?

Warning sirens are not meant to be heard indoors. Everyone should have a NOAA weather radio to be alerted to imminent weather threats while at home or at work.

How can I find out about the shelter that is nearest to my home?

Shelters are opened according to the specific event and where it is located. When a shelter is opened, citizens will be advised of the location.