It is the goal of the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency to protect the health, safety and economic interests of the residents of Calhoun County by reducing the impacts of natural and man-made hazards. The EMA is the agency responsible for coordinating with state and federal agencies to assure the citizens of Calhoun County are prepared and accommodated before, during, and after a disaster strikes. We are also here to assist local governments with basic disaster capabilities.
The Calhoun County EMA works towards our goal of protecting our citizens through mitigation and preparedness programs as well as response and recovery efforts. Our mitigation programs include our Storm Shelter program, which works to assist citizens in purchasing residential storm shelters, and our Floodplain Management program, which provides citizens with corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage.
Our preparedness program is focused on educating the citizens of Calhoun County about the many hazards they may face, both natural and man-made. Our public outreach program includes preparedness presentations to schools, community groups, businesses, and senior centers. The goal of this program is to stress the importance of individual preparedness.
When a disaster happens, the Calhoun County EMA is ready to respond. Our agency hosts a state of the art Emergency Operation Center (EOC) which serves as the coordination hub for the response efforts by our municipalities and volunteer agencies. During a disaster response, the EMA works with local first responders, the Calhoun County Civil Defense Emergency Group, the American Red Cross, the Calhoun County HAZMAT Team, the Salvation Army, the Calhoun County Citizen Corps program, and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) among many others. Even while a disaster is ongoing, the Calhoun County EMA works with citizens and businesses to begin the recovery effort. For any presidentially declared disaster, the Calhoun County EMA organizes and assists citizens in locating the appropriate state and federal assistance.
The Calhoun County EMA is here to serve you!