DeKalb Emergency Management Agency

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DEMA Goals and Objectives for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

1. DEMA's role is to ensure that county departments have a continuity of operations plan in the case of an emergency.

2. The current strategy here at DEMA is to monitor and evaluate the current conditions for the spread. We are focusing on the latest statistics from credible sources and encourage everyone to do the same.

3. If we hear of any updates we will be disseminating that information through our social media platforms. We want to ensure that this information is consistent with our local Board of Health offices and State Emergency Management Agency.

4. Currently, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to use standard flu precautions. Avoid close contact with those who are sick, cover you cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoid touching your face, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, etc.

5. Educating and informing the public is a priority right now. Inside county departments and externally throughout the community we need to make sure that citizens are aware of the necessary precautions. Educate your staff, educate your family, educate the community!

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the 24/7 Public Health Emergency Line at 1-866-PUB-HLTH. For more information about the coronavirus visit the CDC's website at:



Mission Statement:

DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) exists to serve the citizens of the County through effective planning, response, and mitigation of natural and man-made disasters.

About DEMA:

DEMA coordinates the response of local agencies in an emergency, ensuring that the most appropriate resources are available to respond to impacted areas in a time of a disaster. Through its various programs, DEMA works with local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector throughout DeKalb County to develop and teach disaster preparedness plans, mitigation activities and provide training and exercise evaluations.


The following is a brief explanation of DEMA responsibilities:

•Maintain and develop all local emergency management programs, projects and plans required by state and federal government.

•Maintain the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for DeKalb County and incorporated cities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stonecrest, Stone Mountain, Tucker and the sections of the City of Atlanta that reside within DeKalb County.

•Act as a liaison with local, state and federal authorities during major emergencies and disasters.

•Provide 24-hour coordination of resources for emergencies and disasters.

•Manage the CodeRED citizen warning system. This is the warning system DeKalb County uses for emergency notifications and weather warnings.