Lafayette County

Emergency Management



David Shaw, EMA

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alerts (Tornado Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Flash Flood
Warning) you must "opt in" by filling in the form available through
the link above.  When you fill in the form you can also add your cell phone
and any unlisted numbers to the CodeRED database the you want to
receive calls for Weather Alerts and other Emergency or Community
messages.  Please pass this info on to anyone who may be interested

Thank you,

David Shaw, Lafayette County EMA

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Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Stay Informed. --


Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being
prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Preparedness can reduce fear and anxiety as well as reduce losses.
Simple steps can make a big difference in ensuring the safety and well-
being of loved ones.

“We encourage everyone to ensure their family is ready in the event of
another disaster,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech.
“While creating a family preparedness plan involves a little time, it
is an easy process that can save lives.”

The website breaks down the process for preparing for
any emergency into three easy steps:

1.Get a kit. Have enough food, water and essential supplies to last
three days. Include medicine, copies of prescriptions, flashlights,
extra batteries, blankets, first aid supplies, personal hygiene items,
appropriate seasonal clothing, cash, a battery operated or crank
radio, a weather radio, cell phones and chargers, important documents,
and other supplies your family may need.
2.Make a plan. Decide how your family members should contact each
other if you’re apart when the disaster occurs, where you will go if
you need to leave home, and where you will gather inside the home
(e.g., a safe room or basement). Establish an out-of-town contact.
It’s also a good idea to have a list of important phone numbers
(family, schools, care providers, doctors, insurance agents,
employers, etc.). Practice your plan.
3.Stay informed. Learn about disasters that could occur where you live
(tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, etc.) and how to prepare for them.
Preparedness should account for all types of disasters – both natural
and man-made.

In addition to providing help developing an emergency plan, the
website is multi-lingual and also features:

•An interactive “Ready Kids” section with games and information for
•Information for special groups such as older Americans, people with
disabilities, military families and pet owners;
•A locator to learn about emergency plans that have been established
by state and local governments; and
•Online emergency-preparedness tools.


Overview (from

The Emergency Management / Homeland Security Agency is responsible for the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities before, during, and after an emergency or disaster affects Lafayette County. Emergency Management coordinates the direction of county government operations in response to emergencies. The E.M.A. director acts under the policies determined by the Board of Supervisors and the state of Mississippi, and is subject to the Board's general supervision and control. The E.M.A. director will carry out the general policies of the Board in conformity with the guidelines established by the state emergency management and homeland security agencies in accordance with the established procedures and state laws.

The E.M.A. director is responsible for the development and implementation of emergency operations plans, community preparedness activities, emergency communications, and coordination of emergency response agencies. The E.M.A. director is also responsible for submission and administration of state and federal grants for mitigation, preparedness, and response projects.


Physical Address: 300 North Lamar Blvd., Suite 212, Oxford, MS 38655
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1240, Oxford, MS 38655
Telephone: 662.234.5667
Fax: 662.232.8688


David Shaw
Emergency Management/Homeland Security Coordinator
Department: Emergency Management
Address: 300 North Lamar Blvd., Suite 212, Oxford, MS 38655
Office: 662.234.5667
Fax: 662.232.8688


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