Frequently Asked Questions
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What does Emergency Management Do?
Emergency Management is responsible for a wide range of activities which include developing, maintaining and exercising the disaster plans for Wapello County, providing training to our local first responders and citizens, implementing mitigation strategies to lessen the effects of disaster, preparing for the long term recovery process that follows a disaster, maintaining the county emergency operations center (EOC), and managing the EOC when activated to provide an effective coordinated response to emergency situations.
Who makes the determination for evacuation?
The Mayor or high-ranking official for your jurisdiction has the authority to order an evacuation to safeguard lives. The Incident Commander, in cases of an emergency situation, can also make the determination to order an evacuation to protect the welfare of the public. (Example, a Hazardous Materials Spill.)
Does Wapello County have emergency shelters?
Yes, Wapello County Emergency Management partners with the Red Cross, and together we have developed a list of emergency shelters. In the event of a shelter being opened, monitor local radio stations and other news media to find the shelter nearest to you. Note – Citizens are encouraged to prepare ahead of time for their pets. Shelters do not allow animals. Contact your veterinarian or local boarding facility to make arrangements.
How does Emergency Management benefit me?
By developing and maintaining effective plans, first responders county-wide can utilize an organized approach to disasters and emergencies. Having predefined roles and training in the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) can better serve citizens. Emergency Management takes a multidisciplinary approach to disaster planning. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Emergency Management Office if they have concerns in their area.
How do I receive training from my local Emergency Management Office?
You can contact the Emergency Management Office to arrange training or talks for your school, church, organization or group. Public education is key in protecting our communities during disasters and emergencies.
What is a disaster?
Chapter 29C.2 classifies a disaster as man-made or natural occurrences such as fire, flood, drought, earthquake, tornado, windstorm, hazardous material or nuclear power plant accident or incident, which threatens public peace, health and safety.
How can I help in a disaster?
Volunteerism is a key component in any disaster or major emergency. Many times, our first responders can get overwhelmed with tasks related to a disaster while still performing day-to-day operations. Tasks such as sandbagging, meal service, answering phones or working on disaster-related projects are extremely important. In the event of a disaster, please call ahead before you go to an emergency scene. Depending on the situation, first responders may need to clear the area of danger. If you would like to be added to the volunteer registry please contact the Wapello County Emergency Management office at 641-683-0050 Ext. 317.
Why can’t I hear the Outdoor Warning Sirens?
The outdoor warning sirens are designed to warn residents when they are outside only. These sirens are placed around the city, or in some cases, centrally located for maximum coverage. The best way to protect your family is to purchase an NOAA all-hazard radio. These all-hazard radios will alert your family of impending danger. It is also important to make sure the batteries are in proper working condition in case of a power failure. We recommend changing the batteries in your all-hazard radios twice a year at the same time you replace your smoke detector batteries. Visit the NOAA website for more all-hazard radio and severe weather information.