The Office of Emergency Management protects lives, property, and the environment from disasters and emergencies through a proactive all‐hazards approach of emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation efforts, public education, and emergency incident response.
The Waco‐McLennan County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a City/County Office. Within the City of Waco, it is a division of the Waco Fire Department and is part of the County Judge’s office for the County.
Programs of Service
Emergency Management maintains the Waco‐McLennan County Emergency Management Plan, which includes all cities within the county. The management of emergencies, planning, mitigation efforts, response, and recovery are critical responsibilities of local government. Local government and the public must be prepared to take appropriate actions in disaster situations. OEM serves all of McLennan County and is the liaison between local, state, and federal agencies. The office interacts with the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Severe weather and hazardous materials incidents are the most significant disaster potentials in the county. The OEM coordinates disaster preparedness activities between public and private industries as well as nonprofit organizations in an effort to mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from human-made and natural disasters as well as acts of terrorism and manage the Waco and McLennan County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The City of Waco Radio Shop is a division of the Office of Emergency Management. The Radio Shop provides and maintains the two‐way radio communication system for various city departments and outside agencies through the 800 MHz trunked radio system