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Mission Statement

   What is Emergency Management?  Efforts of a political subdivision to develop, plan, analyze, conduct, implement and maintain programs for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  We are complying to NIMS requirements.   Our agency is responsible for preparing our city's E.O.P., Emergency Operations Plan.  Salem's E.O.P. is in place and has been approved for period of March 15, 2021 through March 15, 2023 by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.  We are located in the same building as the Police Department/911 Communications and the City Mechanic, 201 South Rotan Street in Salem. Our E.O.C., Emergency Operations Center has a communications center to communicate with all Emergency Services in the city, county and now state mutual aid (mobile) communications.  Weather radar is in place with N.O.A.A. Weather Radio, satellite weather alert and computer online services.  The City of Salem Department of Emergency Management NIXLE Alert Messaging System is in place. A Smart Board has been added to the E.O.C. operations to assist with all in house training, including other city department training classes.


 EMA Grant:  We will receive nearly $9,500.00 for EMA Operations for 2021, it is the I.E.M.A. EMA Grant applied for by the City of Salem and approved by I.E.M.A. 

   Our department holds regular monthly meetings and training sessions for our members.  NWS Storm Spotter Training/drill sessions are also held with other City and County Emergency Services during the year.  Many of our members have attended I.E.M.A. courses during the past several years and participating in the NIMS online and class room courses.  Both our agency and the County EMA  work closely with each other in times of Emergency and non Emergency events.  We also assist our local fire, police and public works departments.  We always provide our resources to the county EMA if needed.  Some of our resources include; two large Cat 40KW Power units on trailers,  portable units, C.E.R.T. Trailer and numerous Emergency Vehicles.  We are a member of I.E.S.M.A.  Our programs include,

  • Mitigation - Activities designed to either prevent the occurrence of an emergency or long-term activities to minimize the potentially adverse effects of an emergency.  Identifying resources, developing an Emergency Operations Center, building levees and designating land use.


  • Preparedness - Activities, programs and systems that exist before an emergency and are used to support and enhance response to an emergency disaster.


  • Response - Activities and programs designed to address the immediate short-term effects of the onset of an emergency or disaster.  Helps to reduce casualties, damage and to speed up recovery.


  • Recovery - Short-term recovery actions include accessing damage, preparing reports, critiquing operations, cleaning and repairing equipment and closing shelters.  Long-term recovery actions may continue for many years such as recommending changes in zoning and building codes ordinances, improving emergency operations plans, demolishing unsafe structures and building new structures.
  •  City of Salem is a nixle alerted community

Want to volunteer?

The City of Salem Department of Emergency Management (DOEM) Volunteer Program.

The DOEM Volunteer program is to ensure that personnel will be available in times of potential or actual situations that threaten the safety of the people property within the City of Salem. Volunteers would assist in the implementation of, and carry out the tasks assigned by the City of Salem Emergency Operations Plan, City of Salem Department of Emergency Management Ordinance and other supporting documents. Training is essential and will be provided by DOEM Staff, Online EMA/ICS/NIMS Training and other programs.

DOEM Road Traffic Control Team is an ongoing supporting team for emergency/non emergency situations, examples: Road traffic control involves directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic around an accident, road or traffic disruption, thus ensuring the safety of emergency response teams, and the general public.

The volunteer program should be a means by which the volunteer can make a positive contribution to the quality of life for those that live, work or spend time in the City of Salem, including that of the Volunteer.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call our phone number at 618-548-1999 or 267-0264.

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