Department of Emergency Management


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Mission Statement

Garland County Department of Emergency Management serves the people of Garland County as the primary contact for resources to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate natural or man-made disasters, such as flooding, tornadoes, ice and snow events, as well as planned events.

Addressing and Floodplain Dept

Garland County Department of Emergency Management also contains the Garland County 911 Addressing Office, Office of the Floodplain Administrator, and primary contact for Geographic Information System (GIS) for Garland County.

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Garland County Floodplain Receives Additional Turn Around Don’t Drown signs for Flood Awareness

Garland County was presented with two additional Turn Around Don’t Drown signs, at the Garland County Quorum Court meeting, Monday, February 10, 2020. Denny McPhate, the AFMA Southwest Arkansas Regional Representative, and Tabitha Clarke, Senior Service Hydrologist with the NWS presented the signs to Charles Molsbee, Garland County Floodplain Administrator.

“Turn Around Don’t Drown” (or TADD) is a National Weather Service campaign to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving a vehicle through flood waters. Several counties are adopting TADD signs and posting them at locations where flash flooding often leads to water over the roads.  The new signs will be placed by the Garland County Road Dept. Sign Crew. Their assistance is greatly appreciated, as we all attempt to reduce natural hazards in Garland County.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

Hazard mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management. It is defined as any sustained action to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from a hazard event. Mitigation encourages long term reduction of hazard vulnerability. The goal of mitigation is to save lives and reduce property damage. View Garland County Hazard Mitigation Plan