Sheila McGhee, Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management director, was awarded the Central Area Emergency Management Coordinator of the Year and the State Emergency Management Coordinator of the Year for her work with community disaster preparedness and mitigation in Faulkner County, at the recent Arkansas Emergency Managers’ Association Annual Conference in Springdale.

These awards recognize the best Emergency Management Coordinators in both the region and state.

Sheila was selected from among the other nominees because of her work with the Exxon oil spill, where she was pivotal in the initial response, coordination and management, and ongoing remediation efforts in the Mayflower pipeline oil spill. Sheila’s award-winning work also includes her lead role in establishing "Code Red" in Faulkner County.

"Code Red" is a free program available to all Faulkner County residents to alert them by geographic area with telephone, text and email of events such as severe weather warnings and missing children and elderly residents. The "Code Red" program has already been responsible for the successful reunification of two children with their families, as well as saving lives in the Vilonia tornado.

McGhee stated that signing up for "Code Red" only takes a few minutes by going to and clicking on Code Red. "This is a team award and receiving this award was only possible because of the outstanding work by our Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management team," McGhee stated.

County Judge Allen Dodson said that "Faulkner County is fortunate to have a Director of Emergency Management who has the skill and dedication Shelia possesses."