New EMA Task Force | HOT 5

  • Published: May 9, 2016
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    1. Governor Creates Task Force on Emergency Management

    A 17-member task force established by Gov. Robert Bentley is set to focus on the financial well-being of emergency management in Alabama. The Alabama Disaster Recovery and Resilience Task Force is charged with making recommendations to address the growing funding pressures (including proposed changes in FEMA reimbursement) on both local and statewide emergency management efforts.

    The group will focus on both state and local funding issues as well as strategic and long-term reforms to improve the “efficient and cost-effective delivery” of EMA services. The ACCA and two of its affiliate groups, the Alabama Emergency Managers Association (AAEM) and the Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA), will make appointments to the task force. The first meeting will be held later this month with a final report scheduled for release before the end of the year.

    Executive Order No. 19 | Alabama Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Task Force 

    2. Combating the Zika Virus

    Dr. Tom Miller, Alabama’s state health officer, is greatly concerned about the mosquito-borne Zika virus which has been linked to severe birth defects. Miller writes, “The Zika virus is a growing threat in Alabama as our weather warms and Alabamians continue to travel to Zika affected areas for business, tourism and mission work.”

    Counties are asked to help educate the public about this dangerous virus and what citizens can do to eliminate places where mosquitoes can breed, and the Alabama Department of Public Health has provided these resources for your use:

    “Zika Virus is a Serious and Growing Concern” (PDF)
    2-page article written by Dr. Tom Miller, state health officer

    Zika Guide for Public Health Environmentalists,
    Municipalities and County Commissions (PDF)
    23-page guide outlining specific action steps


    3. Pictorial Directory of County Engineers

    Thanks to the efforts of Colbert County Engineer John Bedford, an online pictorial directory of the Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) is now available exclusively to ACEA members. The directory, which features photos and contact information provided by county engineers and assistant county engineers, is part of the Resources section of The username and password to access the directory are the same ones used to access any of the Resources info.

    ACEA Pictorial Directory (password required)

    • For password assistance, please call ACCA at 334-263-7594.
    • To update or correct information posted in the online directory, please email
    • Traditional printed directories of ACEA Associate Members for 2016-17 will be distributed this week at the ACEA Conference.

    4. Reminder: NACo Presidential Appointments

    Each year the president of the National Association of Counties (NACo) shapes the organization’s leadership team with a number of appointments, including policy steering committee chairs and vice chairs as well as at-large members of the NACo board. Incoming president Bryan Desloge has requested that all applications for these positions be submitted before June 3, 2016. For more information or to access the online application, please use the link below. Note: Steering committee membership is not part of this application process.

    Get Involved with the NACo Leadership Team

    5. Unified Voice of County Government Made Major Impact

    When the Alabama Legislature adjourned “sine die” last week, ending the 2016 Regular Session, there was no doubt that the unified voice of county government had been actively engaged. Altogether 9 of ACCA’s Priority Bills – including the Alabama Transportation Safety Fund — passed, along with a resolution about juvenile detention costs.

    ACCA Priority Legislation Passed in 2016

     ACCA President Ray Long of Morgan County had this to say: “On behalf of the ACCA Officers and Board of Directors, I want to thank every single member of the county family who got involved in the legislative process this year. Your hard work has protected and strengthened all 67 counties, and your efforts are greatly appreciated.”

    In the coming weeks you will receive a comprehensive legislative report by email. In addition, ACCA staff will reach out soon to the home counties of bill sponsors so that these legislators can be publicly recognized for their support this session.

    In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to follow up with your House and Senate members to thank them for their support during the session. Relationship-building is a year-round project. Considering the large number of phone calls, text messages and emails from county leaders, this is an important time to thank legislators for making time to hear how bills would impact the county.

    Tipsheet: Getting Involved in the Legislative Session



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    Meadowbrook’s Safetysurance Update

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    → Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) Conference



    → Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA) Conference

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