What Is Emergency Management?
Services - What Does Emergency Management Do?
Coordination - Possibly our most significant area, ensuring regular interaction and maintaining strong partnerships with local (county, township, city), Regional, State, and Federal agencies/officials. This includes hosting L.E.P.T. & Emergency Services meetings as well as attending 911, Police Chiefs, Fire Association, and various other meetings. EM Staff maintain regular coordination with over 200+ officials / agencies.
Administration - Management of staff & office activities as well as managing emergency management grants such as EMPG (Emergency Mgt Performance Grant), HSGP (Homeland Security Grant Program), HMEP (Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Grant), and other disaster recovery grants & projects.
Exercise - Design, development, implementation, and participation of local emergency exercises that provides testing and practical experiences to response officials for potential hazards. Exercises can consist of drills, tabletops, functional, or full scale efforts conducted locally, regionally, or statewide.
Response - Our staff supports full scale disasters (EOC), major hazard incidents (IAP), complex public safety responses (ICS), and specialized conditions (special protocol) as well as mutual aid to regional and state disasters. Emergency management usually acts behind the scenes coordinating necessary support actions.
Training - Delivery of courses & education to EM staff, first responders, and agency officials to ensure they are ready to respond to known hazards and execute specialized skills. These include communications, hazard specific skills (active shooter/haz-mat), and critical function specific education (such as damage assessment).
Program - This area includes efforts to ensure the jurisdiction conforms to national accepted standards & best practices including NFPA1600 (EM Standard), N.I.M.S. (National Incident Management System, SafeCom (Interoperability), and various other others. The goal is to maintain the highest quality of service possible.
Emergency Planning - The jurisdictions emergency plan consists of 5 Volumes including 12 broad emergency functions and 10 Incident Management annexes. This plan is required by federal, state, and local law to be an accurate representation of our em response system and requires regular maintenance and update.
Site Planning - Ensuring adequate emergency plans for sites such as hazardous materials locations, schools, small & large businesses, campgrounds, etc. Also safety plans for community special events such as parades, festivals, and fairs contribute to community safety.
Hazard Management - Analysis of how and to what extent hazards can affect the jurisdiction and efforts to mitigate (reduce) their risk is a significant effort. Programs include grants for equipment, plans for response, education/training, and other endeavors that support needed capability.
Outreach - Ensuring interaction with general public, private businesses, and other organizations is essential to ensuring an 'all community' approach to emergency management. Efforts such as our website, social media feeds, personal presentations, are media articles - ensure regular public involvement and awareness.
Resource Mgt - Disaster / Emergency response relies on capabilities that usually involves specialized resources. Osceola EM supports this capability by management of specialized equipment, supplies, funds, and personnel used for emergency / disaster response. This includes management of the C.E.R.T., I.M.T. and E.M.S.T. groups.
Emergency Management Center
EOC Conference / Training Room @ 'Monitoring' status
EOC Command / Operations Room during 2/27/23 Ice Storm
EOC Communications Room in 'Standby' condition
Director Mark Watkins speaking at the Great Lakes Homeland Security Conference 2019 on school safety.
Mary Frew, CERT Specialist
Mary joined as C.E.R.T. volunteer in 2021 and has risen to the team's manager. She coordinates all C.E.R.T. grants, management, & missions.
Jeff Weber, Coordinator/R
Originally EMST, Jeff served as Coordinator before taking an external EM position. He now serves as a reserve pitching in during responses.
AnnaMaria Herrera, Coordinator/R
Originally EMST, Anna served as Coordinator before taking an external EM position. She now serves as a reserve for projects.
Jack Boden, Specialist
Originally EMST, Jack served as a grant specialist before taking a position with Meceola 9-1-1. He currently serves a variety of roles with us.
Learn More About Emergency Management
This excellent What is Emergency Management video from our colleagues at Gallatin County Montana provides a great overview of emergency management.
This video provided by CareerOneStop explains the duties & responsibilities of an Emergency Manager from a career perspective - see our Join Us / Volunteer page for positions & internships!
This video 'The Essential Emergency Manager' from the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team explains the role of emergency management.