Iowa Code, Chapter 29C.9 calls for the establishment of Local Emergency Management Commissions to oversee local emergency management functions within each county. The Commission is comprised of a member of the County Board of Supervisors, the sheriff, and the mayor from each city within the county. This commission should not be confused with a Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) that focuses on Hazard Materials in a community.
According to Iowa Code 29C.10, the Emergency Management Commission shall appoint an emergency management coordinator and delegate their authority in order to fulfill the Commission’s duties as described in the Code of Iowa and the Administrative Rules. When a disaster or emergency occurs, the emergency management coordinator shall provide coordination and assistance to the governing officials of the municipalities and the county. Examples of the functions and responsibilities of Commissions (and typically implemented by coordinators) as outlined in the associated Iowa Administrative Code, Section 605, Chapter 7 include:
Develop and maintain the Comprehensive Emergency Plan, and test this plan through exercises
Develop and establish a warning system
Assist other governmental entities within the county in developing organizational plans and training programs
Develop standard operating procedures for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and supervise EOC operations
Maintain inventory of resources (resource management)
Prepare and present an agency budget
Maintain liaison with local, county and state offices
Direct training of staff and volunteers, and assist cities and the county with its training programs
Prepare informational material for dissemination to the public
Meet with interested groups to explain the emergency management program and enlist their support and cooperation.
These functions can only be accomplished with substantial support from local officials.
Emergency Management Commission
Board of Supervisors
Mayors of Burlington
Council Member for Mediapolis
Mayor of Middletown
Mayor of Danville
Mayor of West Burlington
Board of Supervisors