By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Tom Cisco has been the Emergency Management Director since 2010. His responsibilities include planning for disaster, coordinating the Emergency Management operation center, preparedness activities, exercises and training for first responders in Madison and being a resource for first responders in the county.
Cisco’s favorite part of the job is “working with the first responders and community members to make them prepared in case of disaster.”
When he is not working, he enjoys fishing and working outdoors. He also enjoys watching the new television show, The Last Ship. The show, to him, is in the emergency management vein.
His advice to the Madison County resident during hurricane season is “always think it’s not a question of ‘if’, it’s a question of ‘when’. You have to take a small measure of ownership of your safety. Have an emergency supply kit and if asked to evacuate, do it.”
Working along side Cisco is Leigh Webb, the Program Coordinator for Emergency Management. Her responsibilities include assisting Cisco with training and exercises, grant management, financial records and weather notifications.
Webb’s favorite part of the job is “the outreach programs, especially in schools where we interact with kids and teach about preparedness.”
When she is not working she enjoys going to the beach, playing softball and spending time with her kids. She is married to John Webb and they have a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. She also enjoys watching NCIS and reading Nicholas Sparks’ books.
Her advice to the Madison County resident during hurricane season is to “always have a plan and be prepared.”