Emergency Management Office
Travis Sheridan, Director
Emmet County Courthouse
114 N. 6th St.
Estherville, IA 51334
Travis Sheridan, Director
About The Emergency Management Department
This site will contain information on Iowa's natural hazards and how to survive them. Information will be obtained from the National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State Office of Emergency Management in Des Moines, Iowa. This site contains the addresses of many of the weather sites used by your Emergency Management Agency during severe weather.
Emmet County, Iowa
Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
Contact: Travis Sheridan
Emmet County Planning Team Seeks Public Input
Emmet County, IA -- The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Emmet County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update before the plan is finalized. The plan includes an updated strategy to reduce damage and losses caused by hazard events. The final draft of the plan will be available online and in hard-copy from December 10 through December 21. The purpose is to provide information to the public on the Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update as well as gain public input.
Taxpayers pay billions of dollars each year for disaster recovery. Some events are predictable, and often, damages can be reduced or eliminated. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires communities to develop an approved local hazard mitigation plan to remain eligible for certain federal funding.
Emmet County invited representatives from County departments, the incorporated cities, public school districts, and other mitigation planning stakeholders to work together to develop this plan update. The planning Team addressed multiple hazards - ranging from drought and severe winter storms to tornadoes and flooding - and considered the impacts of these events on local communities. Based on the results of an updated risk assessment of the hazards, team members updated the strategies for their jurisdictions to reduce damages caused by the various hazards. The team consulted with Wood Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. to assist with the plan update and ensure that the final plan meets federal regulations.
The planning team would like input from the public on the updated strategy to lessen impacts of future disasters on people and property in Emmet County. The Plan will also be reviewed by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (IA HSEMD) and then submitted to FEMA for review and approval. Public comments will be considered by the Hazard Mitigation Planning Team and incorporated into the final plan, as appropriate. The final plan must be approved by the governing body of each participating jurisdiction, IA HSEMD, and FEMA before becoming official.
From December 10 to December 21, the final draft plan will be available for your review at the following locations:
Or a hard copy is available during normal operating hours at:
Emmet County Auditor's Office
609 1st Avenue N #6
Estherville, IA 51334
Armstrong City Hall
519 S 6th Street
Armstrong, IA 50514
For more information on this planning effort, or to provide your comments, please contact Travis Sheridan, Emmet County Emergency Management Coordinator at 712-362-5702 or via email
Sponsor the Emmet County Veterans Wall
The new Veteran's Memorial Park will have a Police Officer, Fire Fighter and EMS section that will be in addition to honoring all of our Warriors that have served in the armed forces.
You can purchase a memorial brick to be laid in the park with your special person's information on it. A Veteran, Police Officer, Fire Fighter or EMS Provider that has served honorably and has ties to Emmet County is eligible to have a brick in their name.
Cost of a brick is $100.
Download Emmet County Emergency Notification System information (WENS)
Report Storms / Damage State of Iowa Public Damage and Storm Report
Our Radio System
Emmet County Emergency Management has a local information radio system that they are developing. It is a solar powered low watt radio system designed to broadcast local information. Right now it is broadcasting information on summer vacation safety, what to do with household hazardous material and other local information. It can be heard within an 8 mile radius of Estherville on 1620 AM. We will be adding more information in the future and we are looking for people who would like to volunteer to work on this project.
Emergency Management Links
Agencies that Assist Emmet County Emergency Management:
- Area Fire Departments
- Estherville Fire/Rescue
- Wallingford Fire / First Responders
- Gruver Fire
- Ringsted Fire / EMS
- Armstrong Fire / EMS
- Iowa Firefighters Association
Area Emergency Medical Services:
- Estherville Ambulance Service
- Armstrong Ambulance Service
- Ringsted Ambulance Service