Local emergency manager earns distinction
by Bradley Hartsell
Newnan’s Jenny Raspberry was recently recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager, one of just 75 worldwide to earn the distinction so far this year.
Raspberry’s new designation is the highest honor of achievement available from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). The association promotes emergency management by representing professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters. IAEM includes more than 5,000 emergency managers currently.
Raspberry received her distinction during a recent review meeting in which a panel scrutinized the qualifications emergency managers must meet, including assisting in a natural disaster or playing an integral role in a disaster exercise.
In 2011, Raspberry participated in Coweta’s Southern Heat, a three-day exercise to prepare the community in the event of a terrorist event.
Raspberry lives in Newnan but currently works for District 4 in LaGrange.
While completing certification, working full-time in LaGrange and being a mom, Raspberry is also working on a master’s in emergency management from Jacksonville State. She graduates in August.
Raspberry signed up for a community emergency response team being offered in Peachtree City about six years ago.
Her interest grew into a passion, and soon after, Raspberry challenged herself at the highest level with IAEM’s Certified Emergency Manager designation.
With the sharp eye Raspberry developed to rise as highly as she has, she says Coweta is ahead of many other counties with it comes to emergency preparedness.
“I’m very proud to live in Coweta. I grew up here, raised my kids here,” Raspberry said. “I think we have a very good emergency infrastructure and response.”