Statement / Ogle County Emergency Management Departmental Purpose.
The office develops and promulgates emergency management plans. We direct the emergency management activities throughout the county during a state of emergency. We also administer the implementation and administration of the Local Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act program.
Emergency Management is the four-phase protection process of coordinating resources to deal with emergencies effectively, thereby saving lives and minimizing economic loss. Emergency Management is involved in an all-hazards approach to assist in community preparedness. The four components are mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergency Management is a coordinated response to an unusual emergency situation; a response that calls for maximum use of community resources, with far greater need for coordination between response agencies than usually exists.
The Emergency Management Department is a county office that is mandated by the State of Illinois. It is supported by county funds that are partially reimbursed by federal and state grants. .
Emergency Management is a vital link in a network of services, which makes it possible for natural disasters and large-scale emergencies to be mitigated and dealt with effectively. The job of this department is to assist in all natural and man-made disaster situations when a municipality or the county has exhausted its immediately available local and mutual aid resources, and when there is potential for immediate or long range danger to life or property. Terrorism planning has also been added to this office in response to the events of September 11, 2001.