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Emergency Management

The Jackson County Emergency Management Office strives to assist the citizens of Jackson County before, during and after any type of major emergency or disaster event. The EM Coordinator is responsible for coordinating, planning and administering the countywide emergency management program, which involves the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Personnel within this office are on call 24/7/365. The Emergency Management Office is prepared to work throughout any type of emergency and/or disaster event with 12 hour shifts. If the Coordinator determines that the emergency or disaster will last more than 24 hours, the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will be made operational, involving different agencies throughout Jackson County.

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The NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and NOAA’s National Weather Service work together to urge residents to get prepared for changes in the weather conditions.  They recommend preparations and post safety tips on their web sites which are located at www.nccrimecontrol.org and www.erh.noaa.gov/gsp .

Hurricane Preparedness  
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National Weather Service --Greenville-Spartanburg Office Link
       Note:  The National Weather Service has introduced a ‘Point & Click’ forecast which comes from the NWS National Digital Forecast Database. This information can be translated to Spanish with the click of a button.  To ACCESS:  Click on the above link.  Click your specific County.  In the upper right corner of the screen will be the words “En Espanol”. Click this to turn information into Spanish.

The Jackson County Emergency Management Office is committed to provide teamwork relationships with all local, state and federal resources to strengthen the capabilities through planning, direction and coordination for a better response to the needs of our citizens. The EM Office works with non-emergency, emergency and law enforcement agencies to identify and analyze the major emergency and/or disaster events which could develop life threatening situations or destruction of property throughout Jackson County.

The Emergency Management Office ensures that all types of mutual aid agreements are in place before a major emergency and/or disaster event with federal, state and local governments to provide disaster relief before, during and after the situation within the County.

Emergency Information and Supplies

Make A Plan. Build A Kit. Be Involved.
PREPARE NOW! for emergencies. Go to ReadyNC.org for information.
       Got Bottled Water?
       Canned Food?
       Evacuation Plan?

Jackson County is subject to many different weather situations.  One should learn how to protect themselves and families when coping with severe weather. For more information contact the
American Red Cross.

In the event of a major emergency or disaster event, keep enough supplies in your home to meet the household needs for three (3) days.  Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit with items that may be needed in an evacuation. Store these supplies in standby, easy to carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags or converted trash containers.

  • A three day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that will not spoil.  Water During Emergencies.
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications.
  • Emergency tools including battery powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Cash money and coins on hand for a three (3) day period to purchase necessary items.
  • Sanitation supplies.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Keep important family documents in a fire/waterproof container.

This department involves the 911 Communications Center, 911 Addressing, Fire Marshal and Emergency Management