Mayor Jimmy Palmer has signed the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Homeland Security Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) memorandum agreement.
Now, the city will be able to give and receive aid in times of crisis.
“This is a mutual aid agreement between our selves and some of the other local agencies to help in the case of an emergency,” said Palmer during the city council meeting. “We’ve been fortunate to receive some of the mutual aid in the past.”
This agreement that was started by GEMA allows regional response teams composed of qualified government and public entities, and supplies teams to assist the state and other parties with GSAR personnel, equipment facilities, services, supplies and other resources during an emergency or disaster, according to the Calhoun City Council minutes.
“It’s a pretty valuable asset we have in the community,” added Hammond on Monday.
Palmer is grateful to be able to continue working with other municipalities and organizations through this agreement.
“In an effort to help other communities we are always willing to do so with people and volunteers and so forth,” said Palmer.
This agreement will expire on Jan. 31, 2016.