Welcome to the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security web site. Our
mission is "to provide a comprehensive Emergency Management Program which coordinates people and resources
to protect lives, property and the environment within Morgan County by using an all hazards approach of mitigation,
preparedness, response and recovery for disaster and emergencies."
We sincerely hope that you will take the time to browse through the information on our site. Being prepared for
emergencies or disasters is your responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Tips on how you can prepare yourself
are offered throughout our site.
We at the Morgan County EMA hope that this information will be used to protect you, your family and your property
from any disaster, whether it be natural or man-made. Feel free to contact us at any time.
Please note that throughout our web site, we will use EMA to indicate the Morgan County Emergency Management
Agency and Office of Homeland Security.
The Emergency Management Agency goes back to the Civil Defense program of the late 1940's and 1950's. In the
1970's, with a softening of the threat of nuclear warfare between the superpowers, the Civil Defense program added
planning and preparedness for natural hazards to its responsibilities (with nuclear preparedness remaining primary).
With this new area of concern the evolution continued, with "CD" evolving into DSA (Disaster Services Agency) in the
early 1980's and eventually becoming today's Emergency Management Agency. EMA was charged with emergency
planning and preparedness for all hazards. The four aspects of emergency management are Preparation, Response,
Recovery, and Mitigation.
The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency
The county commissioners under O.R.C. 5915.071 established the Morgan County EMA, with local jurisdictions
signing an agreement with the county for EMA services. The ORC establishing EMA changed in 1996 when the Ohio
EMA moved under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety (ORC 5502). The agency has seen many
changes since first being located in the home of the first director, the late Doug Burke. The agency then moved to
the basement of the sheriff’s office where the agency had one small office and shared a room with the fair board as
the emergency operations center (EOC). In 2003 realizing more space was needed the office then moved to the M&M
Fire Department. In 2005 the agency applied and received a Federal grant to renovate the old county highway
garage into Morgan County’s first dedicated emergency operation center. This grant was a 50/50 grant with 50%
from the government and the other 50% from the county. Total cost of the project was $62,000.00.
Emergency Management TODAY
Our society is based upon a network of systems that both compliment and depend upon each other. These include
our government and essential services, banking institutions, utilities, commerce, industry, and education. We see
these systems operate fairly smoothly every day. We drive to work on roadways and over bridges, go to local
markets for our food supplies, and rely on the enjoyment of a home-cooked meal.
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These systems on which we rely (and which we tend to take for granted) are dependent upon reliable, planned,
supply and support structures. All works well as long as nothing outside of the plan upsets the system. Think of how
irritating it is to have a mere traffic slow-down due to construction. Now consider how your life might be impacted if
there were a major electric power disruption that lasted for several weeks. No traffic lights, television, microwaves, or
"Someone ought to plan for that..."
It is the task of the Emergency Management Agency to plan for the unplanned. When we hear news about
disasters outside of our community, it is difficult to realize the true scope of disruption that can impact a
community. Major natural disasters can strike anywhere, anytime. The San Francisco earthquake, Hurricane
Andrew, The Midwest Flood events, The Twin Towers and Oklahoma City bombings are a few notable examples.
Finally, the E.M.A.helps with recovery and rebuilding the community's essential services and infrastructure. In order to respond to an emergency it is
essential to know what resources you have to offer. The Emergency Management Agency is involved with compiling information about many needed
materials. This ranges from sleeping cots and blankets to heavy equipment. Local shelter capacities and operating needs also must be evaluated and
cataloged. Plans for delivering these items are put in place.
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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
How to manage the emergency is what this agency is all
about. Every disaster scenario is unique in its cause and
impact. The common thread which binds together all
disaster response priorities is the need to protect human
life. This starts with the basics — coordinating shelter,
sustenance, and medical care. At the same time, the E.M.A.
is involved with coordinating recovery/mitigation activities
and acts as the supply and support resource for those
Additionally, there is the possibility of man-made
disaster, such as the nuclear plant explosion in
Chernobyl, in the former Soviet Union, from which tens
of thousands of people were affected. The less disastrous, but potentially catastrophic Three Mile
Island incident also illustrates that we need to have
contingencies in place.