EMA Staff


Eddie Gilbert, Interim Director

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.

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.