Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA)

The Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities for the county, assisting municipalities, cities, and townships to be prepared in the case of catastrophic disaster in their respective jurisdictions.

The agency is also responsible to insure that the county is in compliance with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to assure requirements for maximizing preparedness, grant availability, to enhance the safety of the residents, and reduction of property damage through mitigation.

EMA Volunteer Teams

  • Communications (Amateur Radio Operators)
  • Emergency Operations Center Team
  • Ground Search and Rescue Team
  • Resources Team - Includes:
    • Disbursement
    • Equipment
    • Food Service
    • Human resources
    • Procurement
    • Reunification
    • Sheltering
    • Warehousing
  • Storm Spotter Team
  • Underwater Search and Rescue Team


The Fayette County EMA has many volunteers along with many openings. We are always recruiting. Requirements to become a volunteer are:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be a Fayette County resident
  • Must have no felony convictions

Volunteers are needed for all disaster-related activities. Training is offered at no cost.