The primary responsibility of the Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security is to provide professional mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services that save lives, reduce injuries and economic loss, and enhance recovery from disasters.
On a day-to-day basis the EMA has the responsibility to:
- Coordinate, update, and monitor the County 9-1-1 System.
- Provide support and administration during hazardous materials incidents.
- Serve as the emergency coordination and public information arm of the Huron County Local Emergency Planning Committee.
- Maintain SARA business and industry chemical filing right-to-know files.
- Continue updating and developing the County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
- Identify mitigation activities that lessen the effects of disaster on people and property.
- Maintain the established written contract to provide Emergency Management Services to every city, village and township in the county.
- Plan, conduct, and critique exercises/mock disasters that test the EOP using a variety of hazards and scenarios.
- Train responders, volunteers, elected officials, business and industry, schools, or anyone charged with responsibility before, during and after a disaster.
- Coordinate response and recovery activities during an emergency or disaster, either as a member of the on-site incident command team or from a central location called an Emergency Operations Center.
- Serve as coordination point for federal disaster relief programs.
- Locate, monitor and manage emergency resources.
- Educate the public about actions to take before a disaster occurs, disseminate warnings and other critical information during a disaster and release information about recovery activities after a disaster.
- In addition we coordinate with State and Federal agencies to provide the most up to date, extensive thorough training for Huron County's firefighters and first responders. We are trained in planning, preparedness, mitigation, and emergency response by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Ohio Fire Marshall's Office. We also provide business and industry, public education, and public officials seminars.
- Although Emergency Management is the primary responsibility of the EMA, the agency is made up of three divisions: Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Office of Homeland Security, Huron County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and Huron County 911.
- LEPC: The objectives and responsibilities of the LEPC includes developing and exercising a hazardous materials response plan, receiving and processing information regarding emergency releases of hazardous substances and implementing procedures for community Right-to-Know reporting. The purpose of this committee is to minimize the loss of life and property in the event of a disaster. Quarterly meetings are open to the public and are attended by emergency responders, governmental agencies, local industry, and others who share a concern about chemical safety in Huron County.
- Huron County 911: The director and deputy director of the EMA coordinate the county's Enhanced 911 system by maintaining and revising the county's 911 Master Street Address Guide (MSAG), monitoring answering points (PSAP's), and by continually updating, monitoring, and revising 911's policies, procedures, and equipment.