Our Mission


Building resiliency for tomorrow, strength for today, applying lessons from yesterday for a better Alabama.


To support our citizens, strengthen our communities, and build a culture of preparedness through a comprehensive Emergency Management (EM) program.


AEMA is a leader in EM. We will unabashedly focus on our people, our EM family, and our communities and invests in human capital in a fiscally mindful manner to prepare for the future. We educate, train and mobilize people for action and unity of effort.

Our workforce is composed of highly trained and educated professionals who are the credible EM source for preparing Alabamians for all hazards and threats.

We are budget conscious and data-driven decision makers who use emerging technology to accomplish our mission. Our strategic investment in technology strengthens relationships with our stakeholders and customers. We create innovative solutions to solve complex problems and will seek opportunities to pioneer change in EM to build resilient communities.


Our priorities are 1) Life Saving; 2) Incident Stabilization; 3) Protect Property; and 4) Needs/Damage Assessment


The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (the “Alabama EMA”) is responsible by statute and several specific Governors’ executive orders for coordinating the emergency activities of all state departments and agencies with local governments, private agencies, organizations, federal agencies and other state governments. These activities include hazard mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations. These actions are detailed in the State Emergency Operations Plan (the “EOP”) and its annexes, the State Radiological Emergency Response Plan, and other emergency plans.

The Alabama Emergency Management Act of 1955 Ala. Code (1975) Section 31-9-1, et seq. establishes the responsibilities of the AEMA Director, defines the emergency powers of the Governor, authorizes the development and implementation of the State Emergency Operations Plan, and authorizes the establishment of local EMA programs.


Alabama EMA provides timely and accurate information for senior elected officials and the general public. The Agency also manages the flow of state/federal/private resources, services, and personnel to the incident. Finally, the agency establishes and provides a unity of response, recovery, coordination, and control.


The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) is the voluntary assessment and accreditation process for emergency management programs managed by the EMAP Division of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) . EMAP provides a means for strategic improvement of emergency management programs, culminating in accreditation.

The Emergency Management Standard by EMAP is a scalable yet rigorous national standard for local, tribal, regional, state, national, and private sector emergency management programs. It was collaboratively developed in a series of working groups of emergency management stakeholders from government, business and other sectors, and continues to evolve to represent the best in emergency management as well as the general public.