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Get to Know … Emergency Management

The Emergency Management department within Polk County works with all emergency services (Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Service, and 911 Communications) and controls the county’s Emergency Operation Center.

The Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) serves a critical role in every phase of emergency management, from being the hub for all coordination during an incident to facilitating and directing recovery/clean-up. However, the EOC does not manage an incident — it coordinates.

The department also includes the position of Fire Marshall. This is an important position within the county, as the Fire Marshall is responsible for enforcing the North Carolina Fire Code, which relates to fire prevention in structures. The Fire Marshall also conducts periodic inspections on all commercial structures, including schools.   

The department’s webpage on the county website has links for lots of information, including a link to obtain a burn permit.

Here is some more information about Polk County’s Emergency Management department.

Statement of purpose

To ensure that Polk County is prepared to respond to, and recover from, all natural and man-made emergencies. This office will provide the leadership and support to reduce the loss of life and property through an all-hazards emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

To handle fire administration, inspections, investigations and to assist fire departments as needed or requested. To maintain and improve the capability to successfully Mitigate against, Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from all-hazards related emergencies and disasters.

Departmental Goals

  • To continue to develop County plans and hazard mitigation projects to deal effectively with emergencies and disasters in addition to meeting state and federal requirements.
  • To continue to apply for and receive grants to improve the resources which are available to responders for emergency assistance.
  • Continue and find new ways to improve coordination and communication between emergency response agencies.
  • To continue in procurement of the necessary items to better coordinate agencies and disasters such as mapping systems, GIS and new emergency management tools.
  • To continue and improve safety program for all County Departments.
  • To continue to respond to all HAZMAT, Meth Labs, disasters, and WMD events within the County and outside the County as requested.
  • To continue the hazardous mitigation activities as outlined in the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan adopted in 2004.

Emergency Management Director and Fire Marshal: Bobby Arledge, barledge@polknc.org

Location Information: 40 Courthouse Street in Columbus

Operating Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone number: 828-894-6342


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