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Emergency Management

Director: Julie Anderson
Deputy Director: Mark McCabe

The Douglas County Emergency Management team wants all residents and visitors in the county to be prepared for storms and emergencies that may require them to take protective action.

Julie Anderson is the emergency management director. She and Deputy Director Mark McCabe are responsible for creating and implementing an Emergency Operations Plan. They work with government agencies, schools, voluntary organizations, healthcare professionals, the private sector and others to ensure this plan provides for quick response and long-term recovery.

Winter Hazard Awareness

Every winter we promise to be better prepared. Let's get ready together during and following Winter Hazard Awareness Week November 4 - 8, 2019.
The awareness week reminds us to focus on what's really important to stay safe when it's cold, snowy and icy. That safety happens both inside and outside. Always monitor weather conditions through an app on your cell phone, local media, and messaging on Facebook from the Douglas County Emergency Management Department. We rely on the National Weather Service to issue watches and warnings. Our job is to help you prepare for and cope with a variety of situations. To the right on this page, you will find helpful tip sheets on: winter driving, thin ice, winter home preparedness, a winter home safety checklist following a major winter storm and much more.

Below you can see the key items to have in your vehicle this winter. A bottle of water, snacks, a tow rope, window scraper, small shovel, phone charger, flashlight and blanket. And the red cloth in the window? That's to alert authorities you need assistance. 

Thanks to Kathryn LeBrasseur for reminding us of the importance to help your neighbors this winter. It's easy. If you're out shoveling your driveway simply let your neighbor know you're happy to to do his or hers as well and you'd welcome a cup of coffee as thanks. 


Douglas County Emergency Management is a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador