The mission of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Division is to prepare for and coordinate actions necessary to minimize loss of life and property damage caused by natural and man-made disasters, terrorism and nuclear incidents. This division focuses on four phases of disaster management: Preparedness, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.
During Emergency Operation Center (EOC) activation, full-time staff and volunteers carry out a variety of assignments including but not limited to communications, storm spotting, damage assessments and record keeping.
EOC staff and volunteers attend ongoing training through courses offered by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). OEM staff also play a key role in educating the community through informational talks and presentations. Disaster drills and table top exercises are conducted on a periodic basis in partnership with organizations such as
The OEM maintains annual accreditation through review of its Emergency Operations Plan by the IEMA. The Carbondale Emergency Operations Plan is the guiding document for all phases of disaster management. Carbondale is a "StormReady Community" as certified by the National Weather Service. The designation indicates that community leaders and emergency managers have taken added measures to strengthen local hazardous weather operations.
Carbondale OEM is also certified as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) initiative recognizes partners who are improving the nation's readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events.
The City of Carbondale has implemented the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The NIMS provides a consistent approach for Federal, State, and local governments to work effectively together to prepare for and respond to disasters by standardizing management process, protocols, and procedures.