Emergency Management

Emergency Management is committed to enhancing the quality of life in Wilkes County by assisting people to effectively prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against all hazards and disasters. The Emergency Management Division is responsible for protecting the people of Wilkes County from the effects of disasters, natural and man made.
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Emergency Management was reorganized in 1997 into functional units, using the Incident Command system (ICS), the national model for managing emergency operations. This organizational structure mirrors the local incident command structure and the federal Emergency Response Team structure, thus streamlining and simplifying intergovernmental coordination. The six major functional sections are Public Information, Hazard Mitigation, Operations, Logistics, Information and Planning, and Finance. From the County Building in Wilkesboro the Emergency Management Division responds quickly to support local emergency operations.

The work of the Wilkes County Emergency Management Division includes a four phase approach: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.