Clarke County’s Emergency Management is responsible for the coordination of the Emergency Response activities of various law enforcement and fire departments, the Hazardous Material Response Team, hospital, medical, and ambulance services, as well as Red Cross, Salvation Army, Health and Human Services agencies.
The County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is the operating arm of the Clarke County Emergency Management Commission. The Commission is made up of the Elected Official from Murray, Woodburn, and Osceola, the Sheriff or his/her representative, and a member of the Board of Supervisors.
A major function of the EMA is to support the responder agencies in safeguarding Clarke County during periods of disaster. The assistance given by EMA falls into four main categories: Mitigation, Preparation, Response and Recovery.
How Can you help?
In 95% of all emergencies, the victim or bystander provides the first immediate assistance on the scene. Would you know what to do?
The Clarke County CERT organization is a pool of volunteers who have joined together and have been educated about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area they live in. They have been trained in basic disaster response skills and are able to give support to the emergency response agencies in their area. CERT volunteers are trained to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors, and co-workers until help arrives.
As a member of a CERT team, you can respond to disasters, participate in drills and exercises, and take additional training. CERT teams are known and trusted resources to emergency responders and their communities.
CERT is an integral part of Citizen Corps, the grass-roots movement that actively involves everyone in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger, and better prepared. All over America, communities have organized Citizen Corps Councils to inspire people to take action and get involved. To learn more about CERT and other Citizen Corps programs in your area, visit https://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams.
What do CERT teams do in an emergency?
Under the direction of local emergency responders, CERT teams help provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims, providing damage assessment information, and organizing other volunteers at a disaster site. Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as shelter support, crowd control, and evacuation. The role of a CERT volunteer is to help others until emergency personnel arrive.
How does CERT help the community?
In addition to supporting emergency responders during a disaster, the CERT program builds strong working relationships between emergency responders and the people they serve. CERT teams also help the community year-round by helping with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education, and workplace safety. In Clarke County, you may see us directing traffic at various running events and during most parades. You may also see us assisting with training events for the various responders.
We would love to train you. If you feel that this is something you would like to learn and give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site contact us.
Byron Jimmerson, Clarke County Emergency Management/E911 Coordinator
Phone: (641) 342-6654
Clarke County Courthouse
100 South Main Street
Osceola, Iowa 50213
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