The Oconto County Office of Emergency Management will ensure, through coordination with State, County, and Local organizations that the county is prepared to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, all natural and man-made emergencies. This office will provide leadership and support, to reduce the loss of life and property, through an all-hazards emergency management program of planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery throughout Oconto County.
Our vision is to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters. We accomplish this with a collaborative effort linking Emergency Services, including the Oconto County Sheriff's Office, local Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Private Sector, and volunteer organizations, which are all comprised of motivated, dedicated, and well-trained professionals, with effective plans and the necessary resources for efficient disaster and emergency planning, mitigation, preparation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Identify and assist in the preparedness and mitigation of natural and human-caused hazards.
- Develop and maintain plans for major emergencies / disasters that build on and complement the existing operational policies and procedures of local emergency response agencies.
- Establish an annual training program that develops and maintains necessary emergency management skills, including conducting exercises to test agency / department emergency response plans and procedures.
- Provide the direction and coordination to identify and manage the additional resources needed for a major emergency / disaster response.
- Gather and disseminate information to the public, media, and local government agencies to assist in the preparation, response, and recovery from major emergencies / disasters.
- Serve as the focal point for coordination and liaison of activities between local, state, and federal governments in the response to and recovery from major emergencies / disasters.
- Comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) requirements for receipt of program funds.
Local Emergency Planning Committee