The mission of the Mahaska County Emergency Management Agency is to serve the citizens of the county through effective planning for natural, man-made, and technological disasters. Our goal is to save lives and to protect property through coordination of an integrated emergency management system with all emergency response organizations, support services and volunteers. We will be an advocate for greater community efforts to mitigate and prepare for potential emergencies. We will support efforts to train and exercise emergency responders in both the public and private sectors. We will manage and coordinate efforts toward a rapid recovery from disasters with an effective disaster assistance program.
This agency is committed to effective actions to prevent some disasters and to reduce the impact of those over which we have no control.
The Mahaska County Emergency Management Commission is the governing body of the Emergency Management Agency.
As required in Iowa Code 29C.9 the EMA Commission is made up of all the mayors, or designees, in Mahaska County, one representative from the Board of Supervisors, and the Sheriff. The Commission appoints the Coordinator to manage the agency and assist the Commission.
The Mahaska County Office of Emergency Management oversees the operations of the 911 Dispatch Center, the Hazmat Response Team, and the Mahaska County CERT team. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
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.
As required in Iowa Code 34A.3 the 911 Service Board is made up of each political subdivision of the state having a public safety agency serving territory within the county and each local emergency management agency as defined in section 29C.2 operating within the area is entitled to voting membership on the joint 911 service board
The Mahaska County CERT Team was established to assist with disaster operations. Since it started, it has grown into a fantastic resource for all levels of responders in Mahaska County. They provide traffic control, fire rehab, and emergency support to our county and throughout the State of Iowa. They have been referred to as "The gold standard" by the State of Iowa.