EMA Directors Holding Summer Conference in Guntersville

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– EMA directors from across Alabama are at the Lake Guntersville State Park this week for their summer conference.  It’s an opportunity for them to learn and share ideas.

“We’re discussing different issues associated with preparedness and preparing for future disasters.  Policies and procedures and legislation and funding,” said Marshall County Director Anita McBurnett.

While the group is learning everything from hurricane preparedness to using social media, the April 27, 2011 tornadoes are still a large topic of conversation.

“This is a great setting for us to be here for this year’s annual conference because of the damage that occurred here at this very facility from the horrible tornadoes from back in April of two years ago,” said Sonny Brasfield.   Brasfield is the executive director of the Alabama Association of County Commissions.

He says the EMA directors are delving into a lot of content many people might not find interesting, but it’s needed so they can be ready when something happens.

“Responding to disasters when people have had their very worst day is an important part of what we do.”