The new director of the Clarke county Emergency Management Agency and Fire Services says he's working on creating a response team for virtually any type of emergency.
Eddie Ivy says Clarke County already has very good volunteer fire departments and reservists for the police and sheriff's departments.
And Ivy wants his agency to be just as ready to back up those entities in case of severe weather causing damage or interruption of services and other emergencies.
"We're not trying to take away from any organization that already exists," said Ivy. "We're just trying to be able to back them up, to fill in where the needs are, and to have a group of folks that are ready to go."
Ivy says there are already many people who have and are stepping up to make a difference.
And he say it's critical for citizens to have their own plan for survival during the first 24 to 72 hours of a community-wide emergency.