The Henry County Emergency Management Department in late August hosted a delegation of officials from 11 countries at its headquarters in McDonough for a firsthand look at how emergency communications are handled on a federal, state and local level.
The trip was coordinated by the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control, which is based in Atlanta. Delegates from Australia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Senegal and Uganda made the trip. Most of the training involved showing the visitors how the county sets up an incident command center and brings in logistical resources to manage an emergency event.
They used maps on tabletops with tiny model fire trucks and other vehicles, making it resemble a game board, to demonstrate how the county executes its plans when necessary.