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Mission

The mission of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency is to protect the lives and property of Monroe County citizens before a disaster strikes through planning, training and mitigation and to reduce human suffering after a disaster strikes by coordinating Monroe County's response and recovery efforts with assistance from with local agencies, neighboring counties, the State of Illinois, Federal Agencies and volunteer organizations.



CodeRED is an ultra-high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications such as chemical spills, missing child or evacuation notices. 
The service also allows consumers to opt-in for weather warnings. 
To sign up for CodeRED and/or the weather warning portion, click the link above.

We encourage all residents to add their cell phones and choose the text message options for the alerts that you would like.  Text message notifications are faster than the calling features.

Standard text messaging fees apply from your carrier. 

Monroe County Citizens Corp Council

The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of individuals through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

For more information about the Monroe County Citizen Corps Council, contact Ryan Weber at 618-939-8681 x 531.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

 
IEMA encourages people to learn how to avoid cyber attacks
 
SPRINGFIELD – Most people spend several hours each day online for work, pleasure or both. The widespread usage of computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets offers countless opportunities to connect with information and people around the world. It also provides myriad opportunities for cyber criminals.
 
Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to highlight the importance of understanding and avoiding cyber risks. During October, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with county and municipal emergency management agencies to increase awareness of online risks and provide tips on what people can do to prevent problems.
 
“Computers and mobile devices give us access to a wealth of information and help us connect with people near and far,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Unfortunately, there are people out there who continuously seek ways to cause harm and create havoc through these devices. The best way to defend against cyber attacks is by arming yourself with information about the risks and learning steps you can take to reduce the chance of being a victim of cybercrime.”
 
Joseph said the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov provides links to information and tips to help people minimize the risk of being a cybercrime victim. Some of those tips include the following:
 
  • Configure your computer securely Use privacy and security settings in your software, email system and web browsers. Regularly update your anti-virus software to identify and thwart new strains of malicious software.
  • Keep software and operating systems updated Install all software updates as soon as they are offered; using the “auto update” setting is the best way to ensure timely updates.
  • Use strong passwords Cybercriminals use automated programs that will try every word in the dictionary in a few minutes. When creating a password, use at least 10 characters, with a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Be cautious about links and attachments Even communications you receive that appear to be from friends and family may contain links to malicious sites, so be careful when clicking on links in those messages. When in doubt, delete it.
 
“Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue – it is a public safety issue,” stated Kirk Lonbom, Interim Secretary at Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology. “The month of October provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks and promote online safety.

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Who Are We, What Do We Do

A Question So Often Asked…

What is an Emergency Management Agency and What Do They Do?

Authority for emergency management in Monroe County comes from the Illinois Emergency Management Act (20 Illinois Complied Statutes 3305/1 et seq. January 1, 2002 and 29 Illinois Administrative Code Part 301) that requires each community to appoint an Emergency Management Agency Coordinator as well as at the county level. At any level of government the EMA Coordinator’s duties are to oversee planning, training, and preparing for emergency response during non-disaster times, and to act as the coordinator of emergency operations during disasters.

All levels of government share emergency management responsibilities. Local government is the front line of emergency management and the county serves as the link between local government and the State.

No area in Illinois, including Monroe County, is immune from severe weather, large fires, hazardous material spills, or other disasters. The emergency management program represents insurance to the county when disaster strikes by insuring that all emergency response groups are well trained and coordinated.

The Emergency Management Agency is not a replacement for the police, fire, ambulance or other emergency response groups. The Emergency Management Agency coordinates response and recovery in declared disasters when more than one department is responding to a threat; the disaster extends beyond the normal mutual aid boundaries of the affected community, or when several communities are involved.

The importance of the Monroe County EMA becomes apparent during times of emergency. After a disaster has happened it is too late to write a comprehensive plan, train personnel, or establish complex emergency communications systems. The County EMA provides guidance, planning models, and workshops on emergency management to local communities and their own EMA staff.

This short video, provided by the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, does a great job explaining exactly what is is that we do here at the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency.

https://youtu.be/3jXlhPGs0T8

 

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness

In Emergency Management it is our job to be prepared for any emergency that might arise.  We prepare for Natural Disasters, Manmade/Technological Emergencies and Cyber Emergencies to help get local government and residents back to normal as quickly as possible. 

The following information is to help guide you to prepare your family for disasters and emergencies.

Emergency Kits:

Natural Disasters are any natural occurring event that causes great damage or loss of life.

Manmade Emergencies/Disasters

Disasters also can be caused by humans.

Cyber Emergencies

Cyber-terrorism involves attacks against computers and networks done to intimidate or coerce a government or its people for political or social objectives.

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Homeland Security

Homeland Security

 

The United States Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face.  This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cyber security analyst to chemical facility inspector.  Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear - keeping America safe.

Homeland Security’s Five Main Areas of Responsibility:

 

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Homeland Security Contact Information:

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

CERT

Monroe County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

For more information about the Monroe County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), contact Dennis Felix at 618-939-0050 or email him.

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LEPC

Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Monroe County LEPC was established to meet the requirements of SARA Title III—Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) 42USC~1101et.seq.  This federal mandate was established in response to the Union Carbide plant in a village just South of Bhopal, India which released approximately forty tons of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) into the air. Used in the manufacture of pesticides, MIC is a lethal chemical. The gas quickly and silently diffused over the ground and, in the end, killed, by some estimates, upwards to 5,000 people and injured 50,000 more.

The purpose of EPCRA is to encourage and support emergency planning efforts at the state and local levels and to provide the public and local governments with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities.  EPCRA does not place limits on which chemicals can be stored, used, released, disposed, or transferred at a facility. It only requires a facility to document, notify, and report information.

It is the LEPC's job to identify and work with these facilities to insure they are reporting on the hazardous materials that are housed within their facilities and have plans in place for their response to a chemical release within their facility.  LEPCs must develop an emergency response plan, review it at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in Monroe County to citizens.  Plans are developed by the LEPC with stakeholder participation such as local fire departments, police departments and facilities who house chemicals. The LEPC also increases hazardous materials safety through public education, emergency planning, responder training, conducting exercises and reviewing actual responses to releases.

 

 

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every quarter. (January, April, July, October)  All meeting are open to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. Agendas will be posted at least 48 Hours prior to the meeting. Meetings are held at the Monroe County Courthouse Room 14 (EMA Office) at 7:00 p.m.  

Meeting Agendas:

Meeting Minutes:

Monroe County LEPC Community Right-To-Know Policy:

Monroe County LEPC FOIA request form:

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Radio Committee

Monroe County Interoperable Radio Committee

This committee was created by the Monroe County Board to look at ways to improve the radio communications within Monroe County following notification from the FCC that our current VHF system needed to change.  The committee suggested moving from the VHF system that the county has been using to the STARCOM 21 system that Motorola created for the State of Illinois.  This system was phased in throughout the county and today is the primary communication system that is used by all first responders and the old VHF system is used as a backup system should it be needed.  Since the inception of the STARCOM 21 system the committee has worked with the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS) to impliment a regional microwave system to carry radio traffic and other data throughout the region.  Currently the committee continues to work to improve the interoperable communications throughout Monroe County and the St.Louis region.

Meetings are held every other month on the second Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the EMA Office at the Monroe County Courthouse.

Meeting Agendas:

November 9, 2016

January 11, 2017

March 8, 2017

May 10, 2017

July 12, 2017

Sept 13, 2017

 

Meeting Minutes:

Jan 2016

May 2016

Sept 2016

November 2016

January 2017

March 2017

May 2017

July 2017

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Documents & Forms

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Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Resources

Resources

Weather

Preparedness

Guides

 

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Current Weather

Click here to view the current weather conditions at the Monroe County Courthouse.

Ryan Weber, Director
100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 531, Fax: 618-939-5048, mocoema@htc.net
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.