What functions does the office do when there isn't a disaster?
Revisions to the county plan, along with compiling periodic reports and reviews that need to be submitted to state offices. In addition and to promote smooth operations of Law, Fire, and Emergency services, plans for scenarios must be promulgated and then an exercise of those plans must be practiced. Ongoing training in many aspects of the job are attended to keep abreast of the potential impact they may have upon Big Stone County.
I thought this office was Civil Defense?
It was called that until 1974 when congress enacted the Disaster Relief Act (PL 93-288). That is the time when there was a shift from enemy attack mentality to natural disaster mitigation, response, and recovery. That same year gave birth to the Department of Emergency Management for the state and FEMA for the federal government.
What functions does the office perform when there is a man-made or natural disaster?
Emergency Management is a combination of command and control, resource management, and coordination of recovery when needed. We are the publics’ source for information, and work hand in hand with law, military, fire, medical, DNR, environmental services, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and others who may be involved in a disaster.