Whats New:


2016 / 2017 EOP Update has been completed and approved by IEMA for a two year period. 

2017 EMA Grant approved by IEMA.


Upcoming Events

NWS Storm Spotters Class January 30, 2017 - 6:30 P.M.  Marion County Fairgrounds - Exhibit Building - Contact Person, Terry, 618-267-0264

Recent Events:

Great Central U.S. Shakeout


The City of Salem Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) has been reviewed and approved by IEMA R9 Office. 12/12/2016  Next update due December 31, 2018

Participated in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout Drill on October 20, 2016

Public Safety Night was held during the 2016 - 76th Marion County Fair in Salem on Thursday August 4.

Salem Emergency Management had Preparedness Booth at the Salem Fire Protection District during October of 2016.  Great turnout of folks!

Salem Emergency Management participated in the Marion County Public Health Department FULL Scale Exercise on September 7, 2016

 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.


The purpose of the Tabletop Exercise is to provide a forum for participants to evaluates plans, policies and procedures; examine management planning and resources allocations; and resolve situations requiring coordination and assignment of responsibilities in a non-threatening format with minimum stress.  The tabletop exercise provides an environment where elected or appointed officials and key agency staff may interact with constructive discussion as they attempt to resolve problems related to emergency operations, coordination and response.  Participants are encouraged to discuss issues in depth, develop decisions through slow-paced problem solving rather than rapid spontaneous decision-making such as occurs under actual or simulated emergency conditions.  Tabletop Exercises are particularly valuable to achieve limited objectives involving critical policy issues or for developing or refining procedures such as those for obtaining mutual aid from neighboring jurisdictions.  They are equally useful for familiarizing agencies or individuals with specific role or potential role conflicts, examining specific elements of a new plan or procedure or to examine specific conditions or problems that represent a high risk condition within or between jurisdictions.  These limited objectives are normally scenario oriented in the Tabletop Exercise and progress of the exercise is tightly controlled to preclude deviation to tangential subject areas so the stated objective of the exercise can more likely be achieved.  Note that an Exercise, (Table Top, Functional or Full Scale) is required every two years.


  On December 13, 2007, City of Salem Department of Emergency Management held their Tabletop Exercise. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Region Nine Office Conducted the exercise.  The Scenario was a school shooting at Salem Community High School.

  On November 12, 2009, City of Salem Department of Emergency Management Held their bi-yearly required Tabletop Exercise.  Illinois Emergency Management Agency Region Nine Office was present to evaluate the exercise.  The Scenario was an F2-3 Tornado and Flooding.

Functional Exercise was held on Oct, 17, 2011.  This exercise tested the EOC and Unified Mobile Command.  Equipment from Robinson and Mt. Vernon was used also during the exercise.  

A Table Top Exercise was held on August 28, 2014.  The exercise tested was an Earthquake.  Magnitude 7.7 approximately 24 mile near Blytheville, Arkansas.  This Salem Illinois Region received significant damage, injuries and fatalities. 

Salem had two major structure fires in September of 2015 within three days.  The City of Salem was given an accredited FULL Scale Exercise with the two combined fires.        



The following participate in the exercises.


Salem Emergency Management

Salem City Manager

Salem City Manager Assistant

Salem City Clerk

Salem City Finance Director

Salem City Public Works Director

Salem City Police Chief

Salem City Police Communications Leadsman

Salem Fire Protection District Chief

Salem City Recreation Director

Salem Township Hospital

Marion County 911 Coordinator

Marion County Public Health Department

Marion County ESDA Director/LEPC Chairman

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

 Central and Southern Illinois American Red Cross Chapter.

Both WJBD Radio and Salem Times Commoner released media reports of the exercise.

Use of the EOC Smart Board was very beneficial during exercise.

Pictures of past Table Top Exercises.

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IEMA - Adam Croy, of the Region 9 Office in Flora 





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