Emergency Management / 911 Addressing

Ohio County Emergency Management
The Ohio County Emergency Management Agency is under the directorship of Charles Shields, who also serves as the Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator. Mr. Shields is also a volunteer fireman with the Beaver Dam Fire Dept. Together with local law enforcement, EMS, and fire/rescue, Ohio County EM is prepared to promptly respond to any natural or manmade hazard that may affect the community.

Ohio County Emergency Management logoOhio County Emergency Management’s purpose is to organize data analysis, develop plans of action, manage local, state, and federal resources, and to respond to, coordinate, and aid in recovery from the effects of all hazards. These hazards may be weather related, technological (such as power outages, chemical spills, or explosions), accidents involving hazardous materials, civil disorders, or criminal events (bombings and related incidents). In order to provide the best possible level of support for the community, the Emergency Management members must work with all county government offices, law enforcement, medical services, fire/rescue, and community services workers.

The SAR Coordinator acts as an incident commander in the event of lost and/or missing persons. He and his team act with state and local police agencies, fire/rescue, and EMS to gather information, plot search areas, organize search teams, direct communications, and gather resources to aid in searches. A Mobile Command Unit is used as a search base when necessary and it is also used with any other Emergency Management situation.

By using The Ohio County Emergency Response Plan, developed specifically to fit the needs the community, Ohio County Emergency Management is able to serve its citizens efficiently and effectively when needed. Through the utilization of available resources and competent organization of support services, Emergency Management will plan, prepare, and aid in recovery of Ohio County communities.

Director/SAR Coordinator
Director of 911 Addressing
Director of Solid Waste
Charlie Shields
(270) 298-4412 - Office
(270) 363-0861– Cell
(270) 298-4439 – Fax
Email: Contact Ohio County OCEMA​

EM Administrative Assistant
Mary Wallace
(270) 298-4412 - Office
(270) 298-4491 – Fax​

911 Addressing

Please contact Char​lie Shields or Savannah Vaughn regarding 911 Addressing.

Download the Ohio County 911 Addressing Ordinance 2009​-5