Waupaca County Emergency Management

 

Waupaca County Emergency Management coordinates effective response and recovery efforts relating to natural and technological disasters within Waupaca County. Through planning, training and exercising, we prepare our citizens and our response personnel to help mitigate the loss of lives and property.

What is Emergency Management?

An integral component of the emergency management program is public outreach, educating the public on potential hazards the community may face and the proper safeguards to take.

In the event of an emergency situation, one or more emergency management personnel may respond to the incident site and assist in the field command post. In large situations, an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) is opened to coordinate emergency responses. Many agencies are represented in this center and officials like the County Board Supervisor, Sheriff, Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, Public Health Director, Public Works Director or Highway Commissioner and the local municipality leader would staff the EOC.

Through the process of preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation the Waupaca County Office of Emergency Management assists local units of government and agencies in Waupaca County to develop plans to deal with emergency situations involving natural disasters (such as tornados, floods, and fires), accidents (such as chemical spills, train derailments, or industrial disasters), terrorist attacks or other events that are a threat to life, property and safety.

Preparedness deals with plan development, training and exercises to handle various disasters, which may occur in the county. Our needs, capabilities and resources change daily, therefore this is a continuous process.

Response means that we aid in responding to various disasters and assisting with necessary resources to bring the situation under control.

Recovery means getting all those affected by a disaster back to their normal lives and operations as soon as possible. This is done by coordinating multiple agencies and programs together and working through each step of the process.

Mitigation is the process of reviewing what happened and deciding what can be done to safe guard people in the event of a disaster. Mitigation leads back to preparedness creating a continuous process encompassing change and technology.Some areas, which the Waupaca County Office of Emergency Management oversees are:

  • Hazardous Materials, Terrorism, Safety, Incident Command and Weather Spotter Training Programs
  • Municipal and Emergency Action Planning
  • Public Information Programs
  • Community Right-to-Know Act
  • Exercise Planning

The Waupaca County Office of Emergency Management also provides information and facilities training for the people who are called upon to protect the public and works to prepare and identify evacuation routes, sheltering needs, special facility identification and response capabilities.