Our Mission   

The purpose of the Office of Emergency Management of Washington County is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a county we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. The Office of Emergency Management is part of a team that includes federal partners, state, tribal and local officials, the private sector, non-profit and faith-based groups, and the public.

The Office of Emergency Management derives our authority from the following federal statutes:

•Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, PL 100-707, signed into law November 23, 1988.

•The Homeland Security Act of 2002, signed into law on November 25, 2002 (Pub. L. 107-296), in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

•Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA), 109-295, signed into law on October 4, 2006.

DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its’ terrifying consequences. The disaster life cycle describes the process through which emergency managers prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond to them when they occur, help people and institutions recover from them, mitigate their effects by reducing the risk of loss, and preventing disasters from occurring when possible.

The purpose of this website is to help the citizens of Washington County in Mississippi to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters that affect our community.