|The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is committed to the safety and security of our communities, emergency first responders, and visitors of St. Clair County.
Our office utilizes an all-hazard approach that encompasses the core principles of
Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
Foremost in our coordination efforts is to ensure we focus on the following priorities of:
Life Safety, Incident Stabilization, Property Preservation, and Environmental Conservation.
These principles and priorities guide our interaction and working relationships within all levels of government and the private sector through developed partnerships. We endeavor to encompass current best practices to continuously improve our ability to inform, educate, and serve all who reside, visit, or neighbor St. Clair County.
The Office of Emergency Management is authorized through federal, state, and local legislation to provide an emergency plan for the county and communities. This plan is a multi-hazard plan that addresses natural, technological and terrorism incidents. Emergency planning involves people from all agencies and at every level of government.
County Officials and local leaders are required to act in the most prudent and efficient manner when called upon during emergency events. Coordinated events during past emergency situations have reduced the loss of life, property damage and the disruption of our daily lives.
Testing the plan through simulated exercises occur on a regular basis. Lessons learned through these exercises allow us to continue to improve our preparedness and response capabilities. In addition, several committees meet on a regular basis to review changes in technology and situations that occur throughout the country and world.
After the events of September 11th, the office is now the coordination point for Homeland Security within the county. A task force has been established to support the functions of the office.
The Office of Emergency Management is staffed with 3 full time positions.