EMA develops and maintains the county's plans for emergency situations and provides training opportunities.
We also provide education and resources to help citizens with every day or seasonal safety. Our Summer Safety Guide includes tips for heat safety, hurricane preparedness, firework safety and cooling center information.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Agency, Engineering Division, Water Utility and GIS Department have come together to provide a proactive, cost efficient and effective public notification system.
Certain situations warrant notification of people based solely on their physical location. Some examples of these situations would be missing persons, suspects’ at large, hazardous material releases or spills, dam failure, civil emergencies, water service interruptions, severe weather situations, emergency road closures and other important information. The CodeRED Emergency Notification System provides us with immediate, map-driven communication that seamlessly combines all phone and GIS data to rapidly deliver incident-related information or instruction to target audiences. This system also has full TTY/TTD capabilities, ensuring messages are delivered to the hearing impaired.
Currently, the Emergency Notification System already includes both public and unlisted landline telephone data; HOWEVER citizens must register mobile phones, SMS Texting, VoIP phones (voice over IP or internet phones) or email addresses in order to receive these notifications based on validated county addresses. Please follow the instructions listed below to register these devices.
- Browse to CodeRED to sign up
- Fill in the fields for your contact information. NOTE: Only those who have not previously registered with Columbia County need to complete the registration link. Also, you only need to register Mobile phones, SMS texting, VoIP phones and email addresses. All land lines (published and unlisted) are already included in our notification system)
- Severe weather alerts are selected by default. Just deselect any notifications you do not want to receive
- Once you check the box stating that you agree with the terms and conditions, click ‘Verify Information’ to continue your registration. You can create a ‘Managed Account’ with a password or you can just submit your information
- If you added an email address, you will receive an email confirmation from email@example.com. NOTE: (an email address is not mandatory to register with this system unless you choose to have a ‘Managed Account’)
- Notifications received on your phone will display the following numbers on your caller ID. Please add these numbers to your mobile phones so that you will know that CodeRED is notifying you:
~ General notifications affecting your residence: 855-969-4636
~ Emergency notifications affecting your residence: 866-419-5000
~ Weather warning alerts in your area: 800-566-9780
- If you have any questions or need assistance, please call (706) 868-3303 during normal business hours or email us.
CODE-RED MOBILE ALERT APP
Make sure you download the FREE CodeRED Mobile Alert App also. This will work nationwide to give you weather warning alerts when you are out of town also.
This page is specifically designed for volunteer members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Damage Assessment Team (DAT), Mobile Operations Center (MOC) Team, Points of Dispensing Team (POD), and Volunteer Reception Center Team (VRC) to update their contact information with the Emergency Management office.
If you have recently moved, changed your phone number(s), email address or changes to any other contact information, please complete the Volunteer Contact Information Update Form.
We would like to identify any of our citizens that may have special medical needs so that we can assist them should there be any power interruptions or in the event of any unanticipated evacuation situation.
To provide this information directly to our office immediately, please complete the online Special Needs Application. If you prefer, you may call the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency during regular business hours at (706) 868-3303.
Does anyone in your household use medical support equipment that requires electricity?
Would anyone in your household require assistance in the event of an evacuation?
If you answered yes to either of the two questions above, you should be included in our special needs list. Please email us with any questions.
The Columbia County Emergency Management Agency is a department of Columbia County Emergency Services Division and serves over 150,000 citizens living in Columbia County, including the cities of Harlem and Grovetown.
The department's primary responsibilities are to develop and maintain emergency plans, conduct disaster training exercises for all agencies, provide emergency public information, provide awareness and education programs, coordinate area emergency service agencies, and coordinate community warning systems.
The Emergency Management program is based on the requirements of the Georgia Emergency Management Act of 1981, as amended December 1992. The Columbia County Board of Commissioners and Mayors of Harlem and Grovetown, approved and created the local EMA by Resolution which was updated in January 2015.