On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Lee County Emergency Management Agency acts as a focal point for distribution of grant funding passed through to our County from the Alabama Department of Homeland Security. This funding has increased the overall preparedness level of our local law enforcement, fire and the emergency medical system.
The primary mission of the Lee County Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect our community from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters by leading and supporting the Cities of Auburn, Opelika, Smiths Station and the unincorporated areas of Lee County in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
The EMA operates under authority of the State of Alabama and the Lee County Commission. It receives its funding from the Lee County Commission, cities of Opelika and Auburn, and from State and Federal sources.
The Lee County Emergency Management Agency is housed inside the secure Lee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) building. It is located on the South side of the Lee County Courthouse in the downtown Opelika area.
Normal business hours are 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday. However, the EOC is manned during certain severe weather events and any situation requiring disaster response coordination.
To reach a member of the EMA, call (334) 749-8161, or if in Smiths Station, call toll free (888) 749-8161. Our fax number is (334) 749-6058.
Our mailing address is:
Lee County EMA
P.O. Box 2769
Opelika, AL 36803-2769
You may email:
- Rita Smith, Director
- Austin Jones, Deputy Director
- Steven Holden, Emergency Management Specialist, Training & CERT Coordinator
- Michael Holden, Emergency Management Specialist, EOC Manager & Grants
- Clint Knox, Emergency Management Specialist, Communications
We will be glad to assist you!