Riley County Emergency Management is the designated disaster agency for the county with the responsibility for coordinating the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters.
Mitigation phase includes determining ways to lessen the impact of a disaster.
Preparedness includes conducting presentations and classes, distributing brochures and pamphlets at events such as the county fair, promoting NOAA all hazards weather radios, encouraging families to develop a disaster plan, attending classes, developing relationships with local, regional, state, and federal partners, participating in county–wide and regional exercises and drills, reviewing and updating county plans (emergency operations, debris management, hazard mitigation), administering the emergency notification system, administering the FireTrax/ID card system, and logging hazardous materials/chemicals inventory.
Response and Recovery
Response and recovery phases include working with local, regional, state, and federal agencies after an event to assess damage and to coordinate assistance for victims and responders. Riley County Emergency Management staff has responded to national events such as Hurricane Katrina and Greensburg Tornado.
Volunteer Coordination and Management
Emergency Management coordinates and manages approximately 130 volunteers. There are almost 100 volunteer CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members, 15 volunteer storm spotters (WARN – Weather Amateur Radio Network) members, and 15 volunteer members of the CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team.
Emergency Management staff belongs to:
- Riley County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee)
- KEMA (Kansas Emergency Management Association)
- Riley County 911 Advisory board
- Northeast Regional Homeland Security Council
- CEPR (Commission on Emergency Planning and Response)
Emergency Management also administers the 911 fund. 911 fees (collected from hardwire and wireless) are used to purchase necessary equipment and services for the 911 system in Riley County. Emergency Management maintains the AT&T 911 database used for streets and addresses within Riley County.