The Mahaska County Office of Emergency Management oversees the operations of the 911 Operations, the Hazmat Response Team, and the Mahaska County CERT team.  Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develops and maintains the County's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan providing emergency management planning for the entire county

  • Operates, maintains and enhances the Mahaska County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

  • Coordinates emergency management activities, services, and programs within the county, including:

  • Helps  people prepare on how to get through a disaster

  • Helping equip local first responders

  • Making disaster assistance available to our communities, businesses, and individuals

  • Training and emergency simulations, including yearly drills and spotter training

  • Serves as liaison to the State Division of Emergency Management and other local emergency management agencies and organizations

  • Serves as the liaison and the coordinator of municipalities’ requests for State and Federal assistance during pre and post-disaster operation

The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for work in the development, implementation, and management of county-wide disaster prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The EOC, when activated, is a central location where representatives of local government and private sector agencies convene during disaster situations to make decisions, set priorities and coordinate resources for response and recovery. 

The role of emergency management as a service is ever expanding in scope and increasing its commitment to the citizens of our county. Mahaska County Emergency Management will implement a comprehensive all-hazards emergency management program using sound risk management principles that will improve quality of life and minimize effects after a disaster through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.

































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