The New Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is Complete!
The purpose of the St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is to promote unified planning and coordination of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery before, during, and after a disaster.
The full-time staff has completed training in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Professional Development and Advanced Professional Development programs, as well as the National Incident Management System recently adopted nationwide.
Disasters don't respect boundaries; city, county, or state. Recovering from a disaster requires skills, knowledge, and equipment from a wide range of agencies and organizations, including:
- Business and Industry
- Community Health
- Emergency Dispatch Centers
- Emergency Management
- Emergency Medical Services
- Federal and State Agencies
- Fire and Rescue Services
- Hospitals and Medical Facilities
- Law Enforcement
- News Media
- Public Works
- Technical Specialists
- Utility Companies
- Volunteer Organizations
Emergency Operations Center
St. Charles County Emergency Management maintains the St. Charles County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which serves St. Charles County. The County EOC coordinates with the cities within St. Charles County, as well as neighboring jurisdictions and state and federal agencies during emergency activations.
Monitoring weather and satellite data, to provide warnings and information to the public is an important emergency management function. Public warning systems such as the outdoor warning sirens and emergency cable television broadcasts can be initiated directly from the EOC.
The Operations Center Communications Room is equipped to monitor and communicate with emergency response agencies on their frequencies. An amateur radio section provides communications with volunteer "weather spotters" reporting weather conditions to EOC personnel and the National Weather Service during severe weather and other events.
Interagency Command Center
Emergency Management also maintains and deploys St. Charles County's Interagency Command Center. At the request of any public safety agency in the county, this mobile command center can bring computer, communication, weather monitoring, as well as other capabilities to emergency responders at the location of their choice, providing a much more efficient public safety response with critical resources in one place.
Definition of Emergency Management
"Emergency management" means many things, including:
- Monitoring weather to provide early detection and warning
- Planning, funding, and maintaining public warning systems
- Helping residents, business owners, and communities learn about and prepare for disasters
- Joint planning and training with neighboring local, state, and federal agencies
The St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management is actively involved in all this and much more in order to enhance life safety, protect property, and preserve the environment.
Emergency management doesn't start when disaster strikes. Emergency management is happening every day!
To plan and prepare for, respond to, and assist in the recover from natural or man-made disasters.