"Emergency Management is an insurance policy against disaster."
If you were unable to attend the main Severe Weather Awareness Training at the Civic Center, Emergency Management staff will be presenting the National Weather Service's program at different sites around the county throughout March and April. A listing of those classes can be found here.
-- KNOW HOW TO GET OUT WHEN YOU GO OUT --
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-- SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK --
In honor of Severe Weather Awareness Week, we are publishing a daily preparedness thought ... something to chew on and consider, helping you to be prepared as possible for severe weather (or any other hazardous situation!). To view the latest thoughts, click on the links below:
The Butler County Department of Emergency Management was formally established following the April 1991 tornado that entered Butler County in the Andover area and tracked East/Northeast towards Cassoday. In 1992, Butler County Emergency Management became a stand alone agency. In 2003, the Board of Butler County Commissioners added to our department's responsibilities by including Homeland Security in our title. With this change, our County Commissioners have appointed us as the legal point of contact for state and federal information on all homeland security issues for our county.
Our office is currently located in the Augusta Department of Public Safety building: 2100 N. Ohio Street, Suite B, Augusta, Kansas 67010.
Butler County Emergency Management & Homeland Security is staffed with 3 full time personnel and over 50 trained and active Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and storm spotting volunteers.
We are available to speak to any civic group, public or private business, etc on emergency preparedness issues or act as consultants on emergency planning.
We are responsible for writing and maintaining the Butler County Emergency Operations Plan, the swift and coordinated response of public and private assistance during disasters, damage assessment and resource coordination following disasters, and all available assistance for recovery.
We act as the administrative arm of the Butler County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the Citizens Corps Council - the parent organization of our CERT. We also serve as Secretary of the Butler County Fire Chiefs Association, and Hazard Mitigation Director for the county.