Authority for emergency management in Tazewell County comes from the Illinois Emergency Management Act (20 Illinois Complied Statutes 3305/1 et seq. January 1, 2002 and 29 Illinois Administrative Code Part 301) that requires the County to appoint an Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Coordinator. The EMA Coordinator’s duties are to oversee planning, training, and preparing for emergency response during non-disaster times, and to act as the coordinator of emergency operations during disasters.
All levels of government share emergency management responsibilities. Local government is the front line of emergency management and the County serves as the link between local government and the State.
No area in Illinois, including Tazewell County, is immune from severe weather, large fires, hazardous material spills, or other disasters. The Emergency Management program represents insurance to the County when disaster strikes by insuring that all emergency response groups are well trained and coordinated.
The EMA is not a replacement for the public, fire, ambulance or other emergency response groups. The Emergency Management Agency coordinates response and recovery in declared disasters when more than one department is responding to a threat; the disaster extends beyond the normal mutual aid boundaries of the affected community, or when several communities are involved.
The County EMA provides guidance, plan-ning models, and workshops on emergency management to local communities and their own EMA staff.
The highest priority for Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency (TCEMA) is protection of the public, environment, and critical infrastructure by:
- Delivery of critical services to the citizens of Tazewell County through integrated approaches in emergency management and homeland security;
- Implementing and promoting actionable programs throughout Tazewell County for mitigation, preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery; and
- Effectively managing and applying public funds to increase public awareness and resiliency against natural, technological, and human-caused disas-ters.