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Emergency Management

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question, please call us at: 441-7441


  1. Where is the Emergency Management Office located?
    • 233 S 10th St, Rm. 001
  2. Is Emergency Management the same as 911?
    • No. Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating and managing the response to disasters and any other major emergencies. 911 aka the Emergency Communications Center (ECC),is the public's point of contact for public safety calls and service requests. The ECC is responsible for operating the county wide public safety communications system.
  3. When are the tornado sirens activated?
    • The three scenarios resulting in activation of the tornado sirens are: 1) A tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service for Lancaster County; 2) A confirmed sighting of a tornado on the ground by two trained storm spotters; or 3) Current weather conditions generate a legitimate life-safety issue necessitating a siren activation
  4. Are the county's tornado sirens tested at regular intervals?
    • YES. The county wide siren system is tested at 10:15 a.m., the first Wednesday of each month. If the weather is overcast or the temperatur is below 32 degrees, the sirens themselves are not activated but the City-County radio communication system is tested.
  5. Are Tier II reports available at Emergency Mangement?
    • YES. Tier II reports (reports pertaining to proper storage, use and handling of hazardous materials) are public records and available on request at the Emergency Mangement office. To facilitate access, appointments are necessary to view these documents.