The Cherokee County Emergency Management Services Department has four principal functions in preparing for and responding to disasters:

  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery
  • Mitigation


  • Cherokee County Emergency Management assists local citizens in planning for natural disasters such as tornadoes, winter storms, floods, and man-made disasters such as chemical spills.
  • Training and education programs are offered in support of emergency planning.
  • Exercises ranging from tabletop versions to full-scale mock accidents involving entire communities are staged to assure that the proposed plan works.
  • The Division prepares before disaster strikes


Everyday activities include monitoring the capability to respond to emergencies and to assist in level of readiness. We provide to following services to aid in response:


Recovery activities are those which are necessary to return life to normal in a disaster stricken community.


Mitigation is the effort of local, state and federal governments which includes any activities that reduce or eliminate problems associated with disasters.