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Emergency Management Commission

Local emergency management is addressed in Iowa Code Chapter 29C  and in Iowa Administrative Code 605 Chapter 7 . Local emergency management governance, authority, fiscal responsibility, organization, and programs are set forth in these policy documents. Compliance with the scope of these mandates, coupled with significant additional federal mandates, creates high expectations for level of effort and compliance on the part of the local emergency management agencies.

Membership on the Emergency Management Commission is designated in the Code: the county sheriff, a representative of the Board of Supervisors, and the mayor (or designee) from each municipality in the county. The Commission is required by law to hire an Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) who is charged with carrying out the program of the Emergency Management Agency (EMA). The Administrative Code outlines the qualifications and training required of the Coordinator, as well as the responsibilities of the Coordinator in implementing the county program.

Please click Here for the Emergency Management Commission Bylaws.

Commission Members





Board of Supervisors


Des Moines





Pleasant Hill

Polk City




West Des Moines

Windsor Heights

Commission Meetings

The Polk County Emergency Management Commission will meet at 2:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesdays of February, May, August and November.  Meeting location will be at the Polk County Emergency Operations Center, 1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314.

Agendas and Minutes

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