The Marshall County
Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is tasked with
coordinating response to disasters and other major emergencies
across the county. The agency’s dedicated staff
monitors the county for all-hazards and emergencies
that may occur within our own boundaries or incidents
from other areas that may affect our county. The OEM
coordinates response of local, county, state and federal
response to disasters and major emergencies.
During day-to-day operations, the
OEM oversees the development of countywide emergency
plans. This includes the County’s Emergency Operations
Plan (EOP), which is activated during a disaster or
other major emergency. The EOP is compliant with the
Department of Homeland Security’s National Incident
Management System (NIMS). The EOP must be updated and
tested through drills and exercises annually. The OEM
is also responsible for a Countywide, All-Hazards Mitigation
Plan, which is required by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency for all local jurisdictions. Other emergency
planning documents the OEM handles include a Joint Information
System Plan for handling emergency public information
during a disaster or major emergency and a Resource
Manual with the listing of potential resources that
could be utilized by public safety agencies. As an active
member of the Marshall-Wetzel Local Emergency Planning
Committee (LEPC), the OEM coordinated the development
of a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan. The
OEM works with local agencies and organizations to develop
effective emergency plans.
The OEM participates in exercises
and drills regularly that include local jurisdictions,
agencies, organizations, volunteer groups, state and
federal agencies. These exercises and drills provide
after action reviews so lessons can be learned and incorporated
in the revision of existing emergency plans or development
of new plans.
Public education and outreach activities
are provided by the OEM staff. This includes presentations,
workshops, printed materials and training programs.
The OEM staff is required to obtain
a minimum of 48 hours of annual in-class training through
the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and
Emergency Management and the Emergency Management Institute.
Every three years, OEM personnel must receive professional
accreditation through the West Virginia Emergency Management
The following are other helpful sites when preparing
for or following up from an emergency situation.
Helping families preparer for an emergency. On-line emergency planning tools.
Disaster assistance for individuals and families.
West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management