Emergency Services

Emergency Management Office

Disasters are going to happen despite our best efforts. Knowing how to deal with them helps to reduce loss of life and property now and in the future.

The York County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), a division of the York County Department of Emergency Services (DES), administers the Emergency Management Program (EMP).


It is the vision of the York County Office of Emergency Management to be recognized as the most professional, well respected, proactive, community and customer oriented municipal emergency management agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


York County Office of Emergency Management is charged with protecting the community by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain and improve the capability to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other man-made disasters.


The Emergency Management Staff

The Office of Emergency Management staff includes a director, a deputy director, a nuclear planner/trainer, a SARA planner/trainer, a public information officer, a municipal planner/trainer, and an administrative assistant.

The National Logo for Emergency Management

This icon replaces the old civil defense symbol, a relic from the Cold War. The old civil defense symbols were used in public service campaigns for the same reason the new symbol is being introduced: to inspire people to become more involved in their own protection and preparedness. It will also serve to remind people that emergency management is a true profession to which thousands of public servants have devoted their careers. These professionals are dedicated not just to helping people recover from natural disasters or acts of terrorism, but to improving our nation’s preparedness.

emerglogoThe symbol’s slogan, “Public Safety, Public Trust,” reminds citizens that they should be taking responsibility to protect their own lives, families, homes and businesses. For example, people have a responsibility to inform themselves of local evacuation plans. Families need to have their own emergency response plans in place. Schools need to maintain their readiness programs. Places of worship and other local institutions need to think about how they are prepared to help the community. Companies need to protect their employees by having evacuation and business continuity plans in place.

And just as important, all Americans are urged to pay attention to what your local, state and federal governments are doing. Know who your emergency managers are, care when budgets for first responder services are cut, and demand that Congress and State legislatures adequately fund emergency management programs across all levels of government.

The symbol’s three stars remind the public that local, state and federal levels are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of all Americans.

South Central Alert


Emergency Management Agencies throughout the South Central Task Force (SCTF), which includes the counties of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York, are implementing a new emergency notification service.  This service will allow residents and businesses in the eight county area to be notified of an emergency situation and important alert messages in a variety of ways, including on their cell phones, home and work phones, by text messaging and e-mail.

Many residents and business already have been added to the system from publicly available White and Yellow pages information.  But this listing only provides a single contact phone number.  People with unlisted phone numbers, or those whose primary phone number is a cell phone or VoIP, must provide their contact information if they wish to receive these alerts.

Registration is handled by clicking on the picture above.

People who wish to receive alerts on phone numbers other than the number listed in the White or Yellow pages, and those people who would like to receive alerts via email, SMS, TDD/TTY, etc., will also need to register.

Remember, if we cannot reach you, we cannot alert you.

We Are StormReady


StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.