Anthony Coy serves as the Director of Emergency Management for Craighead County. Prior to this position, he worked for the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management for approximately 14 years where he served as the Northeast Area Coordinator and a short stint as the Communications and Support Division Director. During his tenure in Emergency Management, Anthony has had the opportunity to work with counties across the State of Arkansas and gain knowledge of the programs, methods, and plans that worked best. He is a member of the Arkansas Emergency management Association and a Certified Emergency Manager. He is also a graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree. As a resident of Craighead County for more than 30 years, he began his working career with the county as a Deputy Sheriff and D.A.R.E. Officer for the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department. Anthony is married and has two grown children.
To provide a comprehensive Emergency Management program which coordinates people and resources to protect lives, property and the environment within Craighead County by using an all-hazards approach of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for disasters and emergencies.
Emergency Management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Emergency Management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters. Comprehensive Emergency Management can be defined as the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions necessary to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters caused by all hazards, whether natural, technological, or human caused. Comprehensive emergency management consists of four related components: all hazards, all phases, all impacts, and all stakeholders.