CONTENTS DISPATCH The official magazine of the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency Four local agencies certify for GEMA/HS EOD K-9 elite state program 4 P.O.S.T. instructors bring training to Georgia responders 7 Free online case management platform jumpstarts recovery 8 New aircraft change GFC’s approach to fighting fires 10 DNR preserves Georgia’s history in the face of disasters 12 Mapping a disaster: Using GIS to gather information, inform public 16 HOMER BRYSON Director of GEMA/HS 20 CATHERINE HOWDEN Chief of Staff/Managing Editor 22 HARLAN PROVEAUX Deputy Director of Homeland Security GDOT keeps state moving during winter weather Training empowers everyone to respond effectively in an emergency The mission of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is to facilitate the protection of life and property against man-made and natural disasters by directing the state’s efforts in the areas of prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. TOM MOORE Deputy Director of Emergency Management MARK SEXTON Deputy Director of Administration & Finance JOEY GREENE General Counsel LISA RODRIGUEZ-PRESLEY Senior Communications Specialist/Editor BRANDY MAI Senior Communications Specialist/Asst. Editor UYEN LE SCHNEIDER Communications Specialist/Writer CHRISTEN ROBINSON Communications Specialist/Writer On the cover: Georgia Department of Transportation trucks depart to serve the state in the midst of severe winter weather. Photo by Kyle Collins, GDOT JULIA REGESKI Communications Specialist/Writer Do you have a great story idea? Send it to us at ExternalAffairs@gema.ga.gov For more information on places, agencies or programs, click on the Georgia flag throughout the magazine!