Emergency Operations Center, 330 W. Second St., Ottumwa, IA

Wapello County Emergency Management Agency

 Links important to you and your family:

Get Alerts for Your Home or Business

In the event of an emergency or severe weather in your community, an alert for the physical address registered will be sent by text and/or email. Pair this with your favorite new source’s mobile ap to stay informed of warnings.

Report Storm Damage at Your Home or Business

Quick assessment of damages to homes and community infastructure is vital to help officials provide assistance in the rebuilding effort. Take pictures and use this ap to report. It’s easy! 

Get a Smoke Alarm

On average, seven people per day die in U.S. home fires. Every household should have a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. To request one for your home, fill out the request form and your local fire department will come out and install. A project of the Wapello County Mutual Aid Associaton managed by the Ottumwa Fire Department with funds from the Legacy Foundation. 

Protect Your Business

Business Continuity Plans are vital to suvival in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Sometimes these disasters can be as simple as a broken water line. Do you and your employees know what to do in emergencies? Proper planning now can save your business from extinction. 

Is Your Family Ready?

Do all members of your family know what to do in an emergency? What if all communication devices failed? Where would you meet? Do you have enough supplies to sustain for three days? What about your pets? Learn where to meet, what to pack and who to call. 

Our Big 3

In the world of Emergency Management, there are 32 core capabilities in our scope of work in building resilient communities but the 3 most important focus areas we work on every day are:


Plan the work and work the plan is the mantra of every successful business. Our elected leaders do this in the form of community strategic plans and public budgets. Emergency managers accomplish this through emergency operations planning, mitigation planning and recovery planning. 


The best way for our communities to be prepared for, able to respond to, and recover from disaster when it happens is to have well-informed citizens.  Education on recognizing hazards, reacting when necessary and where local recources are makes us resilient in times of crisis. 


PEOPLE. It’s all about people.  The citizens we serve and protect, the individuals and business who provide services and resources, and the agencies who put it all together. Partnerships make everyday life enjoyable and those same relationships will bring us through in tough times. Most of our time is spent building lasting relationships.