Office of Emergency Management (Department 273)

Shane Pynes, OEM Director

Description and Mission

Elbert County Emergency Management will coordinate and prepare response plans while fostering partnerships and shared vision with our local, state, and federal partners.

Accomplishments, Goals, and Objectives

Accomplishments 2022

In 2022 OEM has developed, implemented, and trained county stakeholders on virtual incident management for all hazards. Throughout the year OEM has collaborated and supported a variety of county organizations in their emergency planning and collaboration processes. Multiple intergovernmental agreements (IGA) have been initiated with the goal of adoption between Elbert, Douglas, and El Paso Counties to support mutual aid. A County Hazard Mitigation planning process was begun and the final plan will be completed in the coming year.

Goals and Objectives 2023

A formal process for the adoption of disaster volunteers has been created and will continue to be organized throughout 2023. The County Hazard Mitigation planning process will conclude with adoption in 2023. Mitigation results will assist in prioritizing prevention initiatives countywide. The facilitation of the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) is slated to begin in 2023 to involve public on the awareness on local hazards through prevention planning. Lastly, OEM plans to further develop its program throughout 2023 with the updating of multiple public preparedness plans, advancing training and exercising, and growing its cadre of personnel support to ensure County government readiness.

Department Budget Summary