EMA Staff


 

Rita White, Director

Rita White has served as EMA Director since 2010. She began working for Limestone County EMA in 1986, serving as Deputy Director and Planner. Rita received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Athens State College in 1993. She has received training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Rita is a member of the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers. Rita’s responsibilities include management of the emergency management program and providing assurance to the citizens of Limestone County that the EMA staff, equipment and facility are ready to respond to all hazards. She provides overall direction and control during emergency operations and during drills, which are conducted regularly to test emergency response plans.

 

Daphne Ellison, Emergency Management Officer

Daphne Ellison joined the EMA staff, serving as Public Information Officer, in October 2000. She was promoted to Emergency Management Officer in 2010. Daphne previously worked in the Limestone County Courthouse in the Probate Judge’s office. She has received training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Daphne is a member of the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers.

Daphne is responsible for all mitigation activities, including applying for and administering mitigation grants. She provides public information to the media on a day-to-day basis and during disasters. Daphne prepares annual budget requests and administers the EMA budget throughout the year. She prepares and submits various agency reports and provides support to the Emergency Management Director.

 

Eddie Gilbert, Emergency Management Officer

Eddie Gilbert joined the EMA staff in 2010. He has received training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the National Weather Service. Eddie is currently a member of the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers. Eddie is responsible for developing and maintaining emergency response plans and supporting documents for county and city agencies and public officials. This employee is responsible for the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program, which includes conducting training and exercises for the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. Eddie prepares annual budget requests and administers the TVA budget throughout the year. He prepares and submits various agency reports and provides support to the Emergency Management Director.