Following the April 1991 F5 tornado that devastated the community of Andover, the Board of County Commissioners recognized the need to focus on emergency planning and preparing the county for future disasters. In June 1991, the commissioners passed a resolution to establish an Emergency Preparedness program. A year later, this program became a standalone county department, with the hiring of Jim Schmidt as Director. The department underwent two name changes in subsequent years, first transitioning to the Department of Emergency Management in 1993, and then to the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security in 2003. This final change expanded the department's scope of responsibilities to include coordination of homeland security issues, especially related to grant projects.
The department is staffed with three full-time personnel and supplemented by over 60 trained and active Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Butler County Animal Response Team (BuCART) volunteers.
management cycle is an on-going process of preparedness, mitigation,
response, and recovery activities. Some of our department's
responsibilities within that cycle include:
Maintaining the Butler County Emergency Operations Plan
Delivering or facilitating presentations and education on emergency preparedness, severe weather awareness, and disaster response
Acting as emergency planning consultants for other departments, agencies, and jurisdictions within the county
Developing and delivering exercises for first responders, government officials, and volunteer agencies
Coordinating the response of public and private resources during disasters
Pursing assistance for community recovery following a disaster
Butler County Emergency Management acts as the administrative arm of the
Butler County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and is also the
designated Hazard Mitigation Director for the county.