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Emergency Management Agency

The mission of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency is to protect the lives and property of Monroe County citizens before a disaster strikes through planning, training and mitigation and to reduce human suffering after a disaster strikes by coordinating Monroe County’s response and recovery efforts with assistance from local agencies, neighboring counties, the State of Illinois, Federal Agencies and volunteer organizations.



CodeRED is an ultra-high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications such as chemical spills, missing child or evacuation notices.
The service also allows consumers to opt-in for weather warnings.
To sign up for CodeRED and/or the weather warning portion, click here or the picture above.

We encourage all residents to add their cell phones and choose the text message options for the alerts that you would like. Text message notifications are faster than the calling features.

Standard text messaging fees apply from your carrier.


Monroe County Citizens Corp Council

The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of individuals through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

For more information about the Monroe County Citizen Corps Council, contact Ryan Weber at 618-939-8681 x 531.


IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Earthquakes

Preparedness actions can prevent injuries, reduce property damage

SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of the earthquake risk posed by the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are promoting earthquake preparedness throughout the month of February.

“While some hazards such as storms, tornadoes and floods can be forecasted in order to provide advance noticed to residents in an area of danger, other hazards such as earthquakes cannot be predicted,” said IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Earthquakes can happen anywhere and at any time, including while you are at work, at home or on vacation. Creating an environment of education, awareness and preparedness can save lives.”

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that 500,000 detectable earthquakes occur in the world each year. Illinois has experienced at least 13 earthquakes since September 2017 when the southeastern part of our state was rocked by a 3.8 magnitude tremblor.

Two hundred years ago, the Central United States was sparsely populated when an 8.0 magnitude earthquake shook the region. A similar earthquake today would have a devastating impact on the millions of people who live in the Midwest.

The actual movement of the ground during an earthquake is seldom a direct cause of death or injury. Most injuries and casualties result from falling objects and debris.  Learning how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” can help people prevent injury during an earthquake. The phrase reminds people to drop down to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture, and hold on to that object until the shaking ends.

February also begins the agency’s initiative to register homes, businesses, schools and organizations in the world’s largest earthquake drill.  This year’s earthquake drill will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 10:21 a.m.  It’s never too early to register your participation in this potentially life-saving event.  Register today at www.shakeout.org.

To reinforce earthquake preparedness, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has put together a series videos with step by step instructions for Do-It-Yourself mitigation projects to better prepare your household for an earthquake.  Learn more about preparing your home, business and family for an earthquake at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

Contact Emergency Management

Kevin Scheibe, Public Safety Director EMA/911

100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 534, Fax: 618-939-5048, ema@monroecountyil.gov
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.