Fannin County EMA plans ahead for disaster relief

Fannin County EMA/EMS, News

Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Emergency Management (EMA) team continues to move forward with preparedness for the future.

Throughout 2017 and 2018 Fannin County’s EMA made steps to secure the safety and readiness of the department due to projected growth in our area. Grants were applied for and received to better equipment our emergency personnel, and purchases were made by the county to handle residential expansion.

While disasters are rare in our area, they can happen and our EMA is preparing for an all case scenario.

Fannin County EMA Director Robert Graham approached the Fannin County Board of Commissioners (BOC) earlier this year to seek approval for obtaining bid contracts that would take effect if a situation arose that required more than the county is equipped to handle.

At the Nov. 27 BOC meeting Graham was present to open sealed bids that had been received.

The number of bids was surprising as Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss opened a total of nine packages received from disaster relief businesses across the nation.

“Did you tell these people that we have golden roof tops up here or something?” Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson joked as the bids were opened.

“I wish we could have gotten this many bids on anything else we do,” Johnson added on a serious note. “In six years, I have never seen this many bids.”

Graham explained the purpose of the contracts: “This is bids for pre-contracts that would be in place in case we have a disaster. We do not pay anything at this time and unless we activate the contract we don’t ever pay anything. It’s there in case we need additional resources to help remove a lot trees, a lot more than we can handle with our own resources.”

According to Graham the debris removal goes beyond just downed trees, it could include garbage, housing material, or hazardous waste to name a few.

Fannin County Chairman Stan Helton added about having a contract in place, “This is really just to put us in a position for additional federal funds.”

“It’s nice to have this in place,” Graham stated verifying Helton’s comment, “It makes us eligible for an additional 2 percent of disaster match money, should there be a disaster.”

The following companies responded to Fannin County’s request for this pre-contract bid:

Cres Environmental Services (Sarasota, Fl.)
Custom Tree Care Disaster Response (Topeka, Ks.)
Disaster Debris Removal (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.)
DRC Emergency Services (Galveston, Tx.)
Graham County Land Company (Robbinsville, Nc.)
KDF Enterprises (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Southern Disaster Recovery (Washington, Ga.)
Phillips and Jordan (Knoxville, Tn.)
TRF Enterprises (Lanier, Tx.)

No action was taken in awarding a winning bidder for this contract. Graham requested time for his team to thoroughly review each bid, stating that credentials and references would need to be confirmed: “We’re going to have to vet the companies and make sure they are qualified to provide these services and that they have resources to provide the services as they say they do.”

Graham hopes to have a decision made to present to the BOC during one of the January 2019 meetings.

 

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Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report for 11/25 – 12/1

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

November 25, 2018 thru December 1, 2018 Responses
M1: 29
M3: 8
M4: 27
M11: 22
Gilmer EMS: 1
Total: 87
Law: 344
Fire: 5
Rescue: 25
Total Emergency Calls: 460

Total Calls: 1322

Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report from 11/18 – 11/24

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

By: Director Robert Graham
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

November 18, 2018 thru November 24, 2018 Responses
M1: 39
M3: 6
M4: 26
M11: 28
Total: 99
Law: 306
Fire: 6
Rescue: 31
Total Emergency Calls: 435

Total Calls: 1168

EMS/ EMA Weekly Call Report for 11/4 – 11/10

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS
Below is a report for EMS calls for last week.  Total 911 calls, fire and law enforcement totals are not available at this time.
Med 1 – 35
Med 11-24
Med 3 – 23
Med 4 – 27
Mutual Aid – 2
Total      111
Provided by:
Robert Graham, GaAdvCEM
Director
Fannin County EMA
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga 30513

Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report 10/21 – 10/27

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

By: Director Robert Graham

October 21, 2018 thru October 27, 2018 Responses
M1: 26
M3: 24
M4: 34
M11: 25
Gilmer: 1
Polk: 2
Total: 112
Mutual Aid: 1 (to Polk County)
Law: 370
Fire: 9
Rescue: 36
Total Emergency Calls: 493

Total Calls: 1455

Fannin County EMA/EMS for Oct 14 – Oct 20

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

By: Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

October 14, 2018 thru October 20, 2018 Responses
M1: 31
M3: 8
M4: 22
M6: 1
M11: 13
Total: 75
Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 361
Fire: 9
Rescue: 17
Total Emergency Calls: 459

Total Calls: 1345

Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report for 10-7 through 10-13

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

October 7, 2018 thru October 13, 2018 Responses
M1: 41
M3: 15
M4: 31
M11: 27
Polk: 1
Total: 115
Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 367
Fire: 10
Rescue: 27
Total Emergency Calls: 489

Total Calls: 1491

Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report for 9/23 – 9/29

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

September 23, 2018 thru September 29, 2018 Responses
M1: 45
M3: 13
M4: 31
M6: 1
M11: 28
Total: 118
Mutual Aid: 1
Law: 387
Fire: 9
Rescue: 22
Total Emergency Calls: 509

Total Calls: 1505

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