Office of Emergency Management
The Gem County Board of County Commissioners is authorized and required
by Idaho Code § 46-1009 to maintain a county-wide disaster preparedness agency and, for that purpose, has established the Gem County Department of Emergency Management. The Gem County Emergency Manager works closely with other local, state, and federal agencies to help the community mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all technological and natural disasters and emergencies in Gem County.
The Gem County Emergency Management Office is dedicated to protecting the property and lives of Gem County residents. There is no warning when disasters happen and the ability to act swiftly is crucial to survival. The Gem County Emergency Management Office’s mission is to prepare and plan for emergencies in order to increase the safety of residents, animals, the environment, and property within Gem County.
The Gem County Emergency Management Office is responsible for maintaining and monitoring the Emergency Operations Center, coordinating emergency response, and facilitating multi-agency cohesiveness during disaster situations. Another important duty is the creation and coordination of the Local Emergency Planning Committee authorized by the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. Developing and updating the All Hazards Mitigation Plan is a priority of the Emergency Management Office in order to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. The Office of the Emergency Manager also develops the Emergency Operations Plan and the Gem County Evacuation Plan.
Severe weather, flooding, wildfires, earthquakes severe snowfall and other disasters can happen without warning, but increased preparedness and planning will reduce reaction times and long-term effects. It is our mission to help residents plan and prepare for disasters in Gem County in order to remain safe throughout the seasons and disasters that strike.