Emergency Management Agency

Mission Statement

The mission of the Washington County Emergency Management Agency is to better prepare the entire community for disasters of all shapes and sizes; help our partners respond effectively by training and exercising when skies are blue; empower our citizens and businesses to recover by bouncing forward, not back; and to mitigate the effects of future disasters any time that the opportunity arises. 

About Us

The purpose of this position is to make certain that the components of the emergency management system know the threats to the jurisdiction, plan for emergencies, operate effectively in an emergency, and can conduct recovery operation after a disaster. The Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all the necessary activities to ensure effective operation of the emergency management system.

The emergency management Coordinator has the responsibility for coordinating all the components of the emergency management system in the jurisdiction. These components consist of fire and police, emergency medical service, public works, volunteers, and other groups contributing to the management of emergencies. Washington County Emergency Management Agency assists public officials, schools, hospitals, business, and industry and the public to promote preparedness, disaster response, recovery operations and will encourage mitigation efforts in all jurisdictions and to ensure the safety of all the residents of Washington County.

Washington County Outdoor Warning Sirens

Outdoor warning sirens throughout Washington County are sounded in the event of a Tornado Warning or for a Severe Thunderstorm Warning when winds are expected to exceed 80mph or for hail greater than 2 inches in diameter. Sirens will only be set off for areas that are within the warned polygon issued by the National Weather Service. 

The outdoor warning sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 11 am. 

Prepare Yourself