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What We Do


The Wayne County Emergency Management Office (EMO) coordinates emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services to the residents of Wayne County with the appropriate Wayne County agencies and external partners. This typically occurs in our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and efforts are guided by the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), which is reviewed annually. Through outreach our office encourages residents to become more resilient to ensure they are prepared for emergencies. We also manage the public alert and warning systems for Wayne County, namely Wayne County Alerts to ensure residents are informed during an emergency.

Provide Emergency Management Leadership
Provide vision, direction and subject matter expertise in the field of emergency management to heighten our state of emergency readiness. We provide proactive leadership in facilitating and coordinating a county-wide approach to emergency management.

Facilitate Emergency Partnerships
Serve as the liaison to county, regional, state, federal, volunteer and private partners in order to prepare for, effectively respond to and quickly recover from emergency events.

Enhance Emergency Response Coordination
Coordinate and implement a wide range of activities to ensure an adequate and timely response to significant emergency events. In the event of a major emergency, EMO activates and manages the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). When activated, the EOC becomes the coordination point from which all emergency planning, resource management and continuity of operations activities are accomplished.

Provide Emergency Planning
Developed and maintains the county’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and related annexes. EMO provides inclusive emergency management planning coordination for all population segments in the county, and supports emergency planning initiatives with other jurisdictions.

Conduct Emergency Training & Exercises
Help coordinate emergency training, simulations and exercises necessary to prepare first responders, county agencies and partners to carry out their identified roles and responsibilities outlined in the county CEMP. EMO is responsible for the design, development, and the facilitation of training and exercises to test emergency plans and procedures.

Facilitate Public Education and Community Outreach Programs
EMO coordinates and conducts public emergency management outreach and educational programs to increase awareness on emergency preparedness. EMO promotes preparedness initiatives to improve family emergency planning; business continuity of operations; and disaster resistance and recovery.

Manage Homeland Security Grants
Oversee management of the county’s Department of Homeland Security and state grant programs. In addition, EMO is the lead agency for county management of FEMA Public Assistance reimbursements, Statewide Mutual Aid (SMA) requests and Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) requests.

Recovery Coordination
Serves as the County coordination point for federal disaster relief and recovery programs. Following a declared emergency, EMO provides leadership in the recovery of County disaster expenses, promotes Individual Assistance Programs, and assists FEMA recovery teams. EMO works with County agencies to promote disaster resistant mitigation programs such as flood plain management, dam safety and debris management.

Manage Emergency Alert and Notification Systems
In conjunction with 911 and the Sheriff’s Office, EMO notifies emergency responders, county employees, private partners and residents in the event of an emergency that may affect public safety. Registration for Wayne County Alerts ( allows residents to choose what type of alerts they would like to receive (weather, traffic and/or emergency alerts) and how they would like to receive them (email, text or voicemail) making Wayne County Alerts an accessible alerting system for the whole community.