The EMA office is governed through an inter-local agreement between the City of Columbus and Lowndes County Board of Supervisors. The day-to-day operation of the office falls under the jurisdiction of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors. The EMA staff consists of a director and two employees. It is their responsibility to activate the Emergency Operations Center and coordinate with local officials and emergency response agencies such as fire, law enforcement, EMS and others ensure the effective operation of the emergency management system. After the first responders arrive, Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way and other voluntary organizations provide food, shelter and essential needs to displaced and injured families. Our office is responsible for preparing and ensuring that all required reports are forwarded to the proper officials during and after the incident.