The Williams County Department of Emergency Management (DEM)
works before, during, and after emergencies to minimize impacts on the
community. Our work depends upon coordination with others in emergency response, government, the
private sector, and community stakeholders to advocate for planning, response,
recovery, and mitigation.
The goal of DEM is a resilient community that withstands all
hazards, adapts quickly to disruptions, and returns to normal day-to-day life as
soon as possible.
Provide a resilient emergency management structure dedicated
to the safety and welfare of the public through the preservation of life,
health, property, and the environment.
To be recognized as a model emergency management program,
providing comprehensive whole community approach to preparedness, prevention,
response, recovery and mitigation activities.
Williams County Emergency Management Focus?
1. Develop and all hazards approach for mitigation,
preparedness, response, and recovery.
Adopting the all hazard
approach in our training, planning, and exercising will greatly enhance Williams
County's ability to respond and recover from a disaster event.
2. Enhance capabilities through planning, training, and
Williams County DEM will provide planning, training, and
exercise assistance to city and county departments and stakeholders responsible
for prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery.
3. Address sustainability consideration in all projects.
During all planning efforts, sustainability of the program must be taken into
consideration. The factoring in of sustainability will ensure that
planning efforts can be maintained or upgraded as necessary. Planning efforts
will need to reflect changes with local, state, and nation requirements
pertaining to standards and fiscal constraints.
4. Utilize new technologies.
As new technologies become
available, they will be assessed and incorporated into the Williams County
emergency management strategy. DEM will utilize existing technologies to ensure
the emergency management initiatives are efficient and effective.