The Boone County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is overseen by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, and is directed by EMA Coordinator, Brad Bartell.
It is the responsibility of EMA to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Boone County before a disaster strikes through planning, training, and mitigation and to reduce human suffering after a disaster strikes through prompt and effective coordination of the local response and recovery efforts utilizing partnerships with local ,state, and federal agencies and voluntary organizations.
These voluntary agencies include the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), Amateur Radio Club, and other Emergency Management Volunteers.
For more information on becoming a volunteer in Boone County please visit the following websites:
- Salvation Army: www.salvationarmyusa.org
- Red Cross: www.redcross.org
- CERT: www.cert-boone.com
- DART: www.bc-dart.webs.com
- Amateur Radio: www.wa9gwm.org
Potential disasters the county might face include everything from HazMat (Hazardous Materials) incident, plane crashes, floods, tornados and other natural disasters. In addition, since the tragic attack on September 11, 2001, the role of EMA on a county level has expanded dramatically to include training for terrorist attacks including biological, chemical and bomb threats in cooperation with the Homeland Security Office (www.dhs.gov) and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (www.ready.illinois.gov/ittf).
- Illinois Terrorism Task Force www.ready.illinois.gov/ittf
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency www.iema.gov
- Federal Emergency Management Agency www.fema.gov
- Department of Homeland Security www.dhs.gov
For local weather information please go to National Weather Service NOAA(www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/ )