Article by W. Clay Crook-
The Lexington Rotary Club met on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, with Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Drew Cook as the special guest speaker.
He became director five years ago in June. Drew said that over $5.42 million in grants have come to Henderson County through the EMA office since fiscal year 2017-2018.
“It has been great to serve in this position over the last five years, and has been both an experience and a joy.” EMA coordinates emergency response, emergency preparedness, and emergency mitigation, from storms and natural disasters to pandemics, and analyses how to prepare the community better to prevent, or cope, with the next event. The vision is to promote safer and less vulnerable communities and lower disruptions. “People expect governments to run in a disaster situation and continue to provide their services.”
It is hard to define all the duties of the position, as tornados, snow, and freezing rain are common and other natural disasters, including an earthquake is possible. Our county is susceptible to natural disaster, even an earthquake from the New Madrid zone, which created Reelfoot Lake, and would affect our area of West Tennessee. Much of the office works around prevention, and even coordinates with…
For complete coverage, see the January 26th edition of The Lexington Progress.