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Golden Bulldog Award for Web

Photo by Eric Jens, Risk Communicator, Division of Communications, Georgia Department of Public Health

North GA – The North Georgia Health District received the 2019 Darrell Enfinger Golden Bulldog Award at this year’s Georgia Department of Public Health Emergency Coordination Meeting held in mid-November in Savannah.

Named after emergency preparedness manager, Darrell Enfinger, who accepted the inaugural Golden Bulldog honor in 2017 on behalf of the West Central Health District based in Columbus, this award recognizes the public health district that excels in supporting other health districts and emergency partners in times of disaster.

Over the years, North Georgia Health District deployed nursing strike teams to shelters and provided emergency preparedness staff and other resources, as needed, in response to disasters in Georgia.Golden Bulldog Award 4

Public health nursing strike team members who have been deployed from the district to hurricane relief shelters include Angela Blevins, Holli Collier, Cheri Holden, Sherry Gregory, Debbie York, Doreen Andrews, Pamela Graham, Denise Bowman, Leslie Abreu, Ellie Purdy, Sigrid Thomason and Jamie Henley.

District emergency preparedness team members who have provided incident command assistance to public health staff manning hurricane response emergency operation centers include David Huskey, Larry Staton, Darryl Camp and Lana Duff.

Nursing Strike Team Dorian for Web2The health district has also provided cots, trailers and other items that were needed to supply emergency shelters throughout the state.

The North Georgia Health District is proud to be the recipient of the 2019 Darrell Enfinger Golden Bulldog Award and of the dedicated public health employees who made it possible.

For more information about how the North Georgia Health District responds to disaster and assists in preparing individuals, families and our communities for emergencies, log onto