Because disasters start locally, county emergency management coordinators and agencies have a vital role in preparation for, response to, and recovery from disasters - both natural and man-made. County emergency management agencies are the backbone of the state's emergency management system. They provide coordination of local resources and work in partnership with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department to ensure the emergency management and response communities have adequately planned, and are well-equipped, trained, and exercised.
Emergency Management works closely with state, county, and local emergency responders before and during a disaster to help safeguard the people and families of Pocahontas County. When a severe disaster strikes, Emergency Management assists with the deployment of response personnel, equipment, and supplies. A mobile command center can also be quickly deployed to ensure the residents of Pocahontas County are safe. The Emergency Management Coordinator also oversees the Pocahontas County Emergency Response Team – a group of trained volunteers who assist with public safety during large-scale emergencies.
Following a disaster, Emergency Management works with local residents to assist with clean up. The department assists people with filing paperwork for state and federal agencies for reimbursement as well as helps seek disaster status so federal and state funds can be dedicated to assist in disaster recovery. Additionally, the department seeks grant funding for emergency response training, equipment, and vehicles which allow emergency responders to be fully prepared and maintain the paramount objective of public safety during a disaster.