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The mission of the Cole County Emergency Management Agency is to protect the lives and property of all Cole County residents when major disasters threaten public safety in any community. The Cole County Emergency Management Agency responds to 2 types of disasters - natural and man made:
Natural disasters are major snow and/or ice storms, floods, tornadoes and/or severe weather, as well as the threat of a serious earthquake along Missouri's New Madrid Fault.
Man made disasters, also known as technological emergencies, may include hazardous material incidents, nuclear power plant accidents and other radiological hazards.
The Cole County Emergency Management Agency is also responsible for developing a County Emergency Operations Plan which coordinates the actions of Missouri State government departments and agencies in the event of any emergency requiring use of state resources and personnel.