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Emergency Management is Planning to Save Your Life
The staff at the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency works for you. Our administrative offices are located in the basement of the City of Huntsville Public Service Building, 320 Fountain Circle, Huntsville, Alabama 35801. All of our staff members can be reached by calling (256) 427-5130, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., excluding City of Huntsville holidays. Our fax number is (256) 427-5140. After normal business hours, Huntsville Fire & Rescue Communications answers our number and has 24 hour contact with EMA staff.
All members of our staff are members of the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers (AAEM) as well as the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Most of the staff members hold professional certification through the Association as well.
Jeff Birdwell - Director
Bill Sizemore - Accountant III
Bill began with the agency in January 2000.
As the Emergency Management Agency's Accountant, Bill assists the director in development of our budget, manages and maintains records concerning grant funds, maintains records of the agency's inventory, as well as keeping track of expenditures and procurement issues. Also coordinates with FEMA regarding the Public Assistance program in the event of declared disasters.
Additionally Bill is a member of the statewide Incident Management Team (IMT) and holds the position of Finance Section Chief on the general staff.
Bill has a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from Athens State University and has a background in retail management and insurance and holds an Advanced Level Emergency Manager designation from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers.
Emy Roberts - Administrative Assistant
As EMA's Administrative Assistant, Emy is likely the first member of the staff you will speak with when contacting our agency. Emy is also responsible for employee payroll data entry, travel coordination, working with the accountant in processing accounts payable, and assisting the operations staff in the emergency operations center during activations.
As a native of Huntsville, Emy moved to a small town outside of Mobile, AL in 1998. There she became involved with the local fire, police, and medical services. Mrs. Roberts attended the University of South Alabama studying Emergency Medical Services, in addition to attending the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa receiving several fire related certifications. She was a volunteer EMT with Southwest Alabama EMS.
Upon Returning to Huntsville in 2001, Emy began working with the City of Huntsville May 6, 2002 as a Dispatcher with the Huntsville Police Department. In October of 2003, she transferred to the Clerk Treasurer's Department as a Revenue Collection Clerk. Emy came to the Emergency Management Agency as an Administrative Assistant in October 2011.
Emy enjoys motorcycle trips on the Harley with her husband, watching her son play football, cooking, and crafts.
Emergency Plans Division
Jared Cassidy - Emergency Plans Coordinator
Advanced Level Emergency Manager (Alabama Association of Emergency Managers)
As the Emergency Plans Coordinator, Jared is primarily responsible for developing plans for response to weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, radiological, hazardous material and enemy attack events, as well as natural hazards such as tornadoes and other types of severe weather. Additionally, Jared is responsible for overseeing Madison County’s involvement in the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program. He also assists other staff members with answering emergency call-outs for hazardous materials, severe weather, and other hazardous situations. Jared is also the Agency’s exercise officer, developing and helping to coordinate many emergency response exercises.
Jared's background includes about 8 years of previous service to the Agency as a communications volunteer. Jared holds the designation of Advanced Emergency Manager from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers (AAEM) for completing over 700 hours of instruction in emergency management. Additionally, he serves on the AAEM’s certification review panel. He has also served in leadership roles within local non-profit organizations, currently including the Von Braun Astronomical Society and in the past has served as President of the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club for three terms to name a couple. Jared is a licensed extra class amateur radio operator, as well.
Scott Worsham - Emergency Management Officer
Masters Level Emergency Manager (Alabama Association of Emergency Managers)
Scott is responsible for the agency's natural hazards programs, agency web pages, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP), vehicle maintenance coordination, the Incident Command Trailer (field operations center), coordinator for EMA's Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) unit, and is the Emergency Management Agency's representative to the Madison County CERT Association. Scott assists other staff members with answering emergency call-outs to hazardous materials, responding to severe weather, as well as activating the county's Emergency Operations Center.
Scott has been active in emergency services since 1989 when he was invited to join a newly created youth explorer program at the Madison Police Department while in high school. After the explorer program ended, he began volunteering as a Deputy Cadet with the Madison County Sheriff's Department. Scott has experience as a 911 operator/dispatcher, and as a police officer. Scott currently serves part-time as a police officer for the Town of Owens Cross Roads in addition to his duties at EMA. Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Health Administration from Athens State University and an Associate of Science in Police Science. He is a licensed technician class amateur radio operator and serves as the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service Coordinator for the county. Scott also serves as Madison County's Citizen Corps Chair.
Chris Reed - Emergency Management Officer
Advanced Level Emergency Manager (Alabama Association of Emergency Managers)
Chris is responsible for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) readiness, communications vehicle and other communications equipment, agency computer systems and software issues, assisting with severe weather preparedness,training, and operations. Chris assists the other staff members with answering emergency call-outs for hazardous materials, severe weather, and other hazardous situations. Chris also serves as the Secretary of the Madison County Emergency Planning Committee.
Chris' background includes previous service in communications. He has broadcast communications experience with several local radio stations and began emergency services in 1995 for the City of Huntsville where he served as a 911 operator and dispatcher for both fire and law enforcement. Chris has an A.S. in mathematics from Calhoun Community College. He is a licensed extra class amateur radio operator and has served in the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). Chris is also a member of the American Meteorological Society.
Candy Sumlin - Emergency Management Officer
Basic Level Emergency Manager (Alabama Association of Emergency Managers)
Candy is local industry's primary point of contact for SARA Title III reporting for EPA compliance. Candy serves as the agency liasion to CAER of Metro Huntsville, an organization that fosters and promotes sound environmental practices and
accountability in the business and corporate setting. Candy also serves as EMA's liasion to area colleges and universities.
Candy began working with the City of Huntsville in 1999 as a Records Clerk with the Huntsville Police Department. Candy transferred to the Emergency Management Agency in September, 2005 as a Secretary and was promoted to Emergency Management Officer in 2010.
Candy also has prior experience as a dispatcher with the Huntsville Fire Department. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.