About Us

Mission Statement

   What is Emergency Management?  Efforts of a political subdivision to develop, plan, analyze, conduct, implement and maintain programs for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.  We are complying to NIMS requirements.   Our agency is responsible for preparing our city's E.O.P., Emergency Operations Plan.  Salem's E.O.P. is in place and has been approved for 2018/2019 by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.  We are located in the same building as the Police Department/911 Communications and the City Mechanic, 201 South Rotan Street in Salem. Our E.O.C., Emergency Operations Center has a communications center to communicate with all Emergency Services in the city, county and now state mutual aid (mobile) communications.  A weather radar is in place with N.O.A.A. Weather Radio, satellite weather alert, and computer online services. A Smart Board has been added to the E.O.C. operations to assist with all in house training, including C.E.R.T. classes


 EMA Grant:  We will receive nearly $9,500.00 for EMA Operations for 2019, it is the I.E.M.A. EMA Grant applied for by the City of Salem and approved by I.E.M.A. 

  We have 3 desk computers (online services) within our agency. We have 2 online services, 4 monitors with 1 mouse operation. We participate with the statewide Typing Resources online services with ITTF and IESMA. Our department holds regular monthly meetings and training sessions for our members.  NWS Storm Spotter Training/drill sessions are also held with other City Emergency Services during the year.  Many of our members have attended I.E.M.A. Courses during the past several years and participating in the NIMS online and classroom courses.  Both our agency and the County EMA  work closely with each other in times of Emergency and non-emergency events.  We also assist our local fire, police and public works departments.  We always provide our resources to the county EMA if needed.  Some of our resources include; two large Cat 40KW Power units on trailers, four portable units, C.E.R.T. Trailer, volunteer Snow Mobile resources and numerous Emergency Vehicles.  We are a member of I.E.S.M.A.  Our programs include,


Mitigation - Activities designed to either prevent the occurrence of an emergency or long-term activities to minimize the potentially adverse effects of an emergency.  Identifying resources, developing an Emergency Operations Center, building levees and designating land use.


Preparedness - Activities, programs, and systems that exist before an emergency and are used to support and enhance response to an emergency disaster.


Response - Activities, and programs designed to address the immediate short-term effects of the onset of an emergency or disaster.  Helps to reduce casualties, damage and to speed up recovery.


Recovery - Short-term recovery actions include accessing the damage, preparing reports, critiquing operations, cleaning and repairing equipment and closing shelters.  Long-term recovery actions may continue for many years such as recommending changes in zoning and building codes ordinances, improving emergency operations plans, demolishing unsafe structures and building new structures.

 The city of Salem is a Nixle alerted community