Emergency Management

Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Emergency Management functions are provided by the Polk County Emergency Management Commission.

Emergency Preparedness

We’re glad that you have chosen to take an active role in protecting and preparing yourself and your family for an emergency. This section will guide you through the necessary steps to be prepared for any emergency, natural or otherwise, following 3 simple steps: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed.

Our mission is to partner with local jurisdictions, the private sector, and non-profit organizations to coordinate and promote a comprehensive, risk-based program of local emergency management and homeland security in order to establish a disaster resilient community in Polk County, Iowa. These various entities assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters. The primary goal of emergency management is to prevent injuries, save lives, and reduce property damage in your community.

Polk County Emergency Management is continually updating their emergency plans and the technology available to face new threats, but we can’t do it alone. Working together, we can make Polk County as prepared as any county can be. When we work together, we can confront any emergency, whether it’s a severe winter storm or a terrorist attack.

Click here to see Polk County Emergency Management Preparedness Brochure that you can share with your friends and family. Get A Kit, Make A Plan, Be Informed.

Weather Policy

The City of Windsor Heights follows the Polk County Comprehensive Emergency Plan – Outdoor Warning Siren guideline.  Under the Polk County/Des Moines Metro Area outdoor warning system guidelines, sirens will be sounded for 1) Tornadoes and 2) Severe Thunderstorms with winds occurring/forecast to be 70 mph or greater. The sirens may be sounded multiple times during the threat. There will be NO “all clear” signal for the sirens.

Sirens will be tested on the first Saturday of each month at noon.  If actual severe weather threatens that day, the test will be delayed until the next monthly scheduled test. A “growl” test may be conducted on the third Saturday of the month.  A  “growl”  test  activates  the  system  without  a  full  audible  alert  of  the  system.  Sirens may not be tested from December through February when ice and cold temperatures may damage the system.

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