"20 Weeks to Preparedness Program"
used in the EMA office
Emergency management is a
coordinated effort, involving local, state, and federal government agencies as
well as volunteer organizations and businesses. Within an integrated emergency
management framework, these entities assist citizens and their communities to
prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of
natural, man-made, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that emergencies and disasters do occur. These
often unpredictable and tragic events have various effects on our society,
economy, environment, and personal lives. It is to minimize, or eliminate where
possible, these events and their impacts that government, businesses, and
individual citizens make plans for emergencies.
From natural disasters to acts of terror, we are aware of the all too frequent
events that impact our lives, our communities, and countries halfway around the
world. No single agency has the capacity, skills and resources, with which to
address these disasters successfully. Disasters demand a combined and
coordinated approach, linking the expertise and resources of the emergency
management community and local authorities with a variety of other
To many, responding to disasters and emergencies does not come naturally. The
response from the various agencies and organizations has developed with thorough
and informed planning, training, exercises, and unfortunately, experience of
responding to past disasters. This experience has been invaluable in
highlighting the need for considered, integrated, and coordinated emergency
Planning for emergencies ensures that the emergency services, local authorities
and other organizations better communicate and coordinate their efforts,
improving the management at the scene, in the emergency operations center, and
the post-disaster recovery process.
Services provided by the Cedar County, Iowa Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
and Homeland Security office include:
blizzards, tornadoes, flood
Health - disease outbreak in our citizens and livestock
leads a person into a dangerous situation
people who intend to hurt us and destroy our economy
The Emergency Management Agency activities are divided into four phases
that form a cycle:
means to clean up to reduce immediate risk to people
Preparedness have everything in place for a response
conducting the operation with responders and people at risk
rebuilding community and a return to normal life followed by construction to
stop a repeat of the last disaster.
We work with companies, jurisdictions, schools and private citizens.
Current Terror Threat
Cedar County Courthouse
711 East South Street
Tipton, IA 52772
Hours EMA Office is open:
Hours E911 Office is open:
Office holder name:
EMA Commission & E-911 Service Board Minutes
Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Other Related Links:
Be Ready Iowa
The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
Family Emergency Plan
Long Term Recovery Committee information.