Emergency Management & Communications - 911


Statement / Emergency Management Departmental Purpose

The mission of Dunn County Emergency Management is to utilize effective planning, training and coordination to continually develop the mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities of the county’s cities, villages, and townships for emergencies resulting from all hazards.

The office develops and promulgates emergency management plans. We direct the emergency management activities throughout the county during a state of emergency.  We also administer the implementation and administration of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) program. 

Emergency Management is the four-phase protection process of coordinating resources to deal with emergencies effectively, thereby saving lives and minimizing economic loss. Emergency Management is involved in an all-hazards approach to assist in community preparedness.  The four components are mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergency Management is a coordinated response to an unusual emergency situation; a response that calls for maximum use of community resources, with far greater need for coordination between response agencies than usually exists.

The Emergency Management Department is a county office that is mandated by the State of Wisconsin.  It is supported by county funds that are partially reimbursed by federal and state grants.  The office receives functional guidance from the Regional Director of Wisconsin Emergency Management. 

Emergency Management is a vital link in a network of services, which makes it possible for natural disasters and large-scale emergencies to be mitigated and dealt with effectively.  The job of this department is to assist in all natural and man-made disasters situations when a municipality or the county has exhausted it’s immediately available local and mutual aid resources, and when there is potential for immediate or long range danger to life or property. Terrorism planning has also been added to this office in response to the events of September 11, 2001. 


Emergency Communications/911

The Dunn County Communications Center was established as a joint venture between the City of Menomonie and Dunn County in 1995.  At that time an Enhanced 911 program was put in place providing all citizens of Dunn County access to the emergency number 9-1-1.  The Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day with a minimum of two telecommunicators at all times. 

The Communications Center dispatches for the Sheriff’s Department, Menomonie Police, UW Stout, 3 Village Departments, Menomonie Fire and Ambulance, 11 Volunteer Fire Departments, 8 Volunteer Ambulance Agencies, and the Dunn County First Responders.


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