Emergency Management Agency (EMA)

Kim Tegeler, EMA Coordinator
Central Fire Station
505 W. Fayette Ave.
Effingham, IL 62401
(217) 342-5368
tegelerk@ci.effingham.il.us

Emergency Management Agency (EMA) functions as a division of the Effingham Fire Department but also interfaces with and supports all City departments.

In preparedness we participate with other community groups and agencies in educating individuals and business on how they can become prepared for disasters or emergencies. We work with individuals and businesses to develop methods for mitigating disasters, or lessening the effects of a disaster. These could range from tornados, earthquakes, or manmade disasters such as a hazardous materials incident.

Should a disaster occur within the City, EMA is responsible to coordinate resources and information for the incident(s). This is accomplished through the staffing of an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) located within Fire Station #1 and serves as the central coordination point for disasters. A full activation would require members of the City Council, Administration, and Department Heads along with representatives from other agencies to sit at the same table to coordinate resources to ensure the most efficient use and to avoid duplication of effort. The EMA remains the coordination entity and works with local organizations, state agencies, and FEMA to provide assistance to local government, businesses, and individuals.

We believe that engaging individuals within the community will help prepare all of us for catastrophic events. However, in order to effectively respond every individual must be prepared to some level. We encourage all citizens to establish a “Disaster Kit” for your own family. Review and update your “Family Plan” by talking to your family to prepare them for various emergencies. Ensure the whole family is a part of the planning process so that the plan addresses everyone’s needs – including your pets. Recognize that in extreme situations, emergency resources may be limited. Be prepared to care for yourself and your family for at least three days (72 hours). Further information can be found at State of Illinois Ready Illinois or you may contact EMA Coordinator Kim Tegeler at 217-342-5368.