The Cass County Emergency Management Agency is a county agency authorized by county resolution, and affirmed by city ordinances, county-city interlocal agreement and state statutes. The agency's office is located in the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) in the lower level of the County Office Building on the Northeast corner of the Cass County Fairgrounds in rural Weeping Water, near the center of the county. The Director is Sandy Weyers.
SERVICES OF THIS OFFICE
Primary functions include assisting emergency services in planning for efficient operations during disasters, acting as liaison between emergency operations agencies and county-city executives, serving as county coordinator for homeland security, maintaining the EOC for use at any time, assisting local jurisdictions and public safety agencies in the development and maintenance of warning systems throughout Cass County, training severe storm spotters and coordinating storm watch operations, coordinating county-wide hazardous materials, planning, reporting and response; planning and conducting various types of training exercises, instructing and assisting the general public in disaster procedures, administering the federal Population Protection Program, and assisting schools, hospitals, nursing homes, business and industry in developing and implementing disaster plans.
The EOC houses the Operations Room for use in coordinating disaster response operations and auxiliary communications facilities. The EOC has standby electrical power.
FACTS & FIGURES
PERSONNEL: There are Three Full time personnel.
FUNDS: The Cass County Emergency Management Agency operates from the county general fund. Funding comes from two primary sources: Federal (DHS/FEMA).
CASS COUNTY HAZARDS: The County population is exposed to 17 hazards in three basic categories; (1) Natural, (2) Technological and (3) National Security, which have the potential to disrupt the day to day community life patterns. These emergencies and disasters could involve injuries, death and property loss to the citizens of the county. Eight of the hazards have the highest potential of occurrence and they include; tornadoes, severe storms (winter and summer), floods, hazardous materials (HAZMAT), utility and transportation accidents, and national emergencies. The other nine hazards are, civil disturbances, subsidence (sinkholes), fire/explosion, pollution, water related incidents, medical epidemic, loss of communications and earthquakes.
The agency's office is located in the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) in the basement of the Cass County Extension Office on the Cass County Fairground in Weeping Water, which is located near the center of the county.