The Allen County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) was established in 1988 to serve as the countywide agency for the purpose of overseeing the planning, response, recovery and mitigation of any and all major disasters/emergencies that occur within the county. The Allen County EMA serves all political subdivisions within the county including all townships, villages and municipalities.
The Allen Co. EMA also serves as the emergency coordination and public information arm of the Allen County Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Committee.
The EMA has the responsibility for maintaining the county’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) located in the Justice Center, 333 North Main Street in Lima and for establishing secondary EOCs as needed. The agency is also charged with the establishment and updating of the county’s Emergency Operations Plan. This plan is the county’s formal outline of emergency response to all types of disasters/emergencies likely to occur here including flood, tornado, winter storms, drought, earthquake, hazardous materials releases, transportation crashes, civil disorder, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and radiological emergencies.