Alabama is a great place to call home, however our state faces potential emergencies and disasters from technological and natural hazards. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency was created by the Legislature in 1955 as the Department of Civil Defense and the focus was on large technological dangers and it was assumed that local communities would take care of the rest. As the concept of emergency management has evolved the focus has shifted to all hazards. Tornado outbreaks and hurricanes serve as a reminder that natural disasters can overwhelm local communities. Encouraging preparedness of individuals and organizations is essential to lessen the effects of disasters. Cooperation between agencies at the local, state and federal level and a structure which enables effective response and recovery is the hallmark of an excellent emergency management organization.
The mission of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency is to mitigate from the effects of disasters and to prepare for the response to and recovery from disasters. AEMA supports resource allocation and personnel to state agencies and local governments to succeed in its mission to benefit the people of the State of Alabama. It promotes mutual aid among government agencies at all levels and the sharing of resources so that all groups operate at maximum efficiency for the residents of Alabama.
On January 7, 2010, I appointed Mr. Art Faulkner to serve as the Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Art has experience as a leader in both emergency management and law enforcement. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security and served as the second Director of that agency. His relationships with emergency managers statewide will encourage increased cooperation to improve the resiliency of the entire state.
As Governor, I proudly support our state and local emergency management agencies and their efforts to prepare for and respond to disasters. I also applaud their efforts to teach their communities how to be prepared for the next disaster. To our citizens, I urge each of you to get involved in community preparedness, by preparing your families for the next disaster. The Alabama Emergency Management website will give you all the tools you need to get started.
Governor Robert Bentley