About Us



Whats New:


2018 / 2019 EOP Update has been completed and approved by IEMA for a two year period, update due by December 31 2020

The City of Salem Department of Emergency Management has Nixle.  Sign up Now www.nixle.com  Use Zip Code 62881

Upcoming Events

Get Ready To Shakeout!  Drop, Cover, and Hold On was held at 10:19 a.m. on October 17, 2019 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill  www.shakeout.org

Salem Home Show, March 2nd and 3rd, 2019.  Stop by and visit our booth!

Public Safety Night at the Marion County Fair, Thursday August 1, 2019

Recent Events: 

  www.shakeout.org/centralus  The Great Shakeout was held on October 17, 2018

 The City of Salem Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) has been reviewed and approved by IEMA R9 Office. 11/30/18  Next update due December 31, 2020

 Two major structure fires occurred in Salem on September 25 and 27, 2015.   Several area fire departments assisted Salem Fire District, Marion County EMA, City of Centralia EMA assisted Salem EMA.  The City of Salem was accredited a Full Scale Exercise with this event.

Salem Emergency Management along with Salem Police Department participated in the "Operation Wildcat" State Weapons of Mass Destruction Team Full Scale Exercise-MSEL- on December 7-8, 2016

Public Safety Night was held at the Marion County Fair on Thursday August 2, 2018.  City of Salem Department of Emergency Management participated with vehicles and information table.








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 2018/2019 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. A Smart Board has been added to the E.O.C. operations to assist with all in house training, including C.E.R.T. classes.


 EMA Grant:  We will receive nearly $9,500.00 for EMA Operations for 2019, it is the I.E.M.A. EMA Grant applied for by the City of Salem and approved by I.E.M.A. 

  We have 3 desk computers (on line services) within our agency. We have 2 on line services, 4 monitors with 1 mouse operation. We participate with the state wide Typing Resources on line services with ITTF and IESMA. Our department holds regular monthly meetings and training sessions for our members.  NWS Storm Spotter Training/drill sessions are also held with other City 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, four portable units, C.E.R.T. Trailer, volunteer Snow Mobile resources 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

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