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Chapter 29C of the Code of Iowa authorizes the formation of Emergency Management Commissions. These commissions consist of mayors of each community within the county, the county Sheriff, and a member of the Board of Supervisors. It is the responsibility of the commission to appoint an Emergency Management Coordinator to manage the county's program.
How does Emergency Management work?
Emergency management involves local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as volunteer organizations and businesses working together as a coordinated team. These organizations operate together during times of disaster using the County-Wide Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan as their guide. The agency provides training in the National Incident Management System and also the Incident Command System which is federally mandated for all emergency responders, city, and state elected officials. Using the county-wide emergency operations plan, the agency incorporates all resources within the county, as well as those made available through mutual aid agreements with other counties, and those resources available from the State or Federal Governments.
Emergency Management Activities
- Preparedness - Planning, preplanning, exercising and training for emergencies such as natural disasters and manmade emergencies.
- Recovery - Assist in recovery needs of citizens or communities in Butler County, short term or long term.
- Response - Coordinate actions taken during an emergency or disaster.
- Mitigation - Planning & Activities that prevent emergencies or disasters from happening or reduce the damages if emergencies or disasters cannot be prevented.