Storm hits on Shaffer’s 2nd day

Published 12:12 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Two days in to his new job as the deputy director of the Covington County Emergency Manag-ement Agency, Frank Shaffer was in the middle of storm dam- age, sans rain coat, trying to docu-ment damage by taking pictures with his phone.

0208-frank“It’s great,” Shaffer said Tuesday night while completing paperwork at the EMA office. “It’s not my first rodeo. “

Shaffer moved to EMA from Andalusia City Schools, where he worked for four years. Prior to that, he had worked more than a decade at E911, and had volunteered at the EMA office, director Susan Harris said.

“This is my niche, and I fell in love with it,” Shaffer said of emergency work. “Today, just kinda reminded me how much I enjoyed it. I really just kind of jumped back on the bandwagon. Got out there, and got soaking wet, but it was all good.”

Shaffer, who is known for his ability to make anything work, said he spent his first day on the job repairing EMA’s cameras and getting them ready for service.

“They were all ready to go,” he said. “Then, when the call came, I walked out without them. And I had just ordered a raincoat today, too.”

Harris said she was excited to have Shaffer on the local EMA team.

“He has the kind of experience and know-how to help me meet the needs of the citizens of Covington County,” she said.