The Coles County EMA office and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are located in the basement of the Charleston City Building located at 520 Jackson Avenue, Charleston, Illinois. Secured within the City building are facilities to coordinate a response to any emergency confronting Coles County. These emergencies include, but are not limited to fire, flood, tornado, severe thunderstorm, snowstorm, hazardous material spills, civil disturbance, and terrorism.
The EMA communications room contains radios capable of communication on police, fire, ambulance, municipal, county, regional, state and amateur (Ham) radio frequencies. Coles County EMA is establishing a weather station which measures rainfall, temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and has a computer-generated predictive capability. The EMA is also connected with satellite images and forecasts from the National Weather Service. The EMA maintains separate direct phone lines to the phone company which can be activated during emergency situations.
The City’s Meeting Room adjacent to the EOC will easily accommodate agency representatives from local emergency response entities. In the event of an emergency, command level leaders from the EMA, fire department, police, highway department, township, municipalities, human services, Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other entities would work together to implement our emergency response plan. By physically placing decision makers together in an Incident Command setting emergency response, management, and evacuations are faster, more efficient, better organized, and safer.
Coles County is located in east-central Illinois and covers 510 square miles. For more information about our county, please check out the Coles County Homepage.