Today is the first day on the job for the new Gadsden Etowah County Emergency Management Agency Planner and Operations Specialist. That person is Josh Tanner. And, he says his new position is the culmination of more than 18 years of work in response service and work with the local American Red Cross. He says he is excited and thankful for the opportunity and he is working with a great team of people with a vast wealth of important knowledge. Tanner says this is a good time to look at your preparedness and emergency plan. He says we are entering the severe weather season. The Gadsden Etowah County Emergency Management Agency coordinates basic disaster capabilities of local government. The EMA is also the county's coordinating body with state and federal agencies before, during, and after disaster strikes.