County Emergency Management

Chester County Emergency Management Division
The Chester County Emergency Management Division is located with the county's 9-1-1 Communications Center. Originally known as Civil Defense, Emergency Management is responsible for maintaining emergency plans for a variety of natural and man-made disasters. This includes a periodic review of emergency response / action plans for:
  • 26 dams
  • Municipal entities
  • Other organizations and facilities within our community
  • Over 100 Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act (SARA) sites
  • Two nuclear power plants

Emergency Operations Center
In the event of an emergency involving two or more municipalities within our county, the division will activate the Chester County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate response and recovery efforts for local governments with county, state, and federal authorities. The EOC is fully equipped with dedicated communication, computer, and satellite link resources to assist the EOC staff in an emergency situation. Activities within the EOC are done in close cooperation with county commissioners, municipal emergency management agencies, and emergency responder organizations throughout the county.

Hazardous Materials Response Team
The division also incorporates the county Hazardous Materials Response Team. This 32-member team responds to reported chemical releases and/or spills.

Emergency Management provides training for local municipal officials, emergency management personnel, and their staff members. The division also serves as liaison for training events hosted by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

For More Information
For more information, please contact the deputy director.