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Emergency Management is...

a coordinated effort, involving local, state, and federal government agencies as well as volunteer organizations and businesses. These various entities assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters. The primary goal of emergency management is to prevent injuries, save lives, and reduce property damage in your community.



Phases of Emergency Management


Foundation of emergency management. Activities designed to reduce or eliminate long-term risk


Ensure that when disaster strikes, emergency personnel are able to provide the best response


Includes actions taken immediately after a disaster occurs


Long-term – return community to “normal”

Emergency Preparedness

Get a Kit

Learn how to put together an emergency kit

Make a Plan

Learn how to plan for an emergency

Be Informed

Get information on different types of hazards and how they could affect you



Contact Us

Polk County Emergency Management
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 286-2107

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