The Garrard County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), along with agencies in all other Kentucky counties, was created by state law in 1998. The official function of the Garrard County EMA is to serve the public safety interest of all citizens within its jurisdiction and also assist in statewide emergency response efforts. The Garrard County EMA is an organizational unit of county government, with the director and deputy directors serving at the pleasure of the county Judge/Executive.

The Garrard County EMA is a key player in major emergencies and disaster events. The Garrard County EMA is the lead organization for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts and strives to fulfill these obligations through public education, maintaining emergency communications systems, organizing training events, and coordinating with local first responders as well as state and federal emergency management agencies.

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