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Our Mission

Protecting the whole community by coordinating, supporting and integrating activities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards.

Our Principles: We strive to be....

1. Comprehensive – we consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders, and all impacts relevant to disasters

 2. Progressive – we anticipate future disasters and take preventative and preparatory measure to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities

 3. Risk-Driven – we use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources

 4. Integrated – we ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community

 5. Collaborative – we create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication

 6. Coordinated – we synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose

 7. Flexible – we use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges

 8. Professional – we value a science and knowledge-based approach founded on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement

Contact Us

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

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