Jackson County’s longtime EMA Director will be retiring from his post on December 31st

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Marianna, Fla. (WDHN)—In October 2018, Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida. 50 miles later, it still
maintaining Category-4 winds when it tore
into Marianna and the rest of Jackson County. Since records were first being kept in the 1850s, a storm of this magnitude has never made landfall in Northwest, Florida.

“I think that’s the event that woke us up, I call it our 911 because we thought we were too far inland and I knew that would
Not be the case, we could look back to 1989 to Hurricane Hugo in the Carolinas’ producing Cat-3 winds nearly
200 miles per hour winds inland. We were as the crow flys only 50 miles from where Michael made landfall”, according to Andreasen. “

Andreasen says the dynamics’ of his job have changed drastically since first being appointed.
As technology continually improves, the county EMA office must stay ahead of the changes.
Following his retirement on December 31st, Andreasen will be moving into the public sector.
He’ll be lending his EMA and military expertise for a Birmingham-based company that provides security on several levels
including cyber protection.

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