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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-OHS Provides Tips for Residents During Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Nov. 6-10

Press Release – Wednesday, November 08, 2023


SPRINGFIELD – As many residents in the state have already experienced an early snowfall this year, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS) offers readiness tips during Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Nov. 6-10, as part of Winter Weather Preparedness Month this November.

“Winter storms can arrive quickly and with little warning,” said Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS) Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Being prepared ensures the safety and well-being of families throughout the season.”

Readiness for winter is not just for comfort but for safety and resilience. As temperatures drop, it is important that residents are equipped for snowstorms or extreme cold weather at home or on the road when travel becomes hazardous.

“Each winter season, nearly 29,000 motor vehicles crash in Illinois, producing 4,500 injuries and 80 fatalities,” added National Weather Service (NWS) Central Illinois Warning Coordination Meteorologist Ed Shimon.  “That is why it is imperative that people plan ahead and prepare for winter weather impacts.”

Following are NWS daily tips for Winter Weather Preparedness Week, with topics ranging from travel safety to weather terminology:

Monday, Nov. 6:  Snow and Snow Safety – How much snow can cause slippery roads, what snow squall conditions entails, common precipitation types in Illinois, etc.

Tuesday, Nov. 7:  Icy Roads and Ice Safety – Wide ranging impacts of ice storms, potential for power outages in winter cold, etc.

Wednesday, Nov. 8:  Extreme Cold and Wind Chill Safety – Discover how quickly hypothermia can set in, how to recognize the signs of frostbite, pet safety in cold, etc.

Thursday, Nov. 9:  Home Safety and Preparedness – Discover how to winterize your home, prepare for power outages after the storm, snow shoveling safety, etc.

Friday, Nov. 10:  Winter Weather Headlines, Blizzards, and Forecast Challenges — Terminology—knowing the differences between a blizzard warning, winter storm warning, ice storm warning, winter weather advisory; and challenges to forecasting winter weather.


Residents are encouraged to keep a winter storm kit in their vehicles to be prepared with items including:

  1. Cell phone and chargers
  2. Blankets or sleeping bags
  3. Extra clothing
  4. Jumper cables
  5. Flashlight
  6. Extra batteries
  7. Extra water
  8. High-calorie, non-perishable food

For more information about travel preparedness, visit

Residents can find more tips in the IEMA Winter Weather Preparedness Guide,  as well as the Ready Illinois and NWS Winter Prep sites.


Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS): 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,
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.