• Joint Emergency Management System

    NWCD JEMS The Joint Emergency Management System (JEMS) is a cooperative effort by ten communities to provide for regional, shared Emergency Management services. There are ten communities participating in the JEMS program including:

    • Arlington Heights • Buffalo Grove • Elk Grove Village • Hoffman Estates • Inverness • Mount Prospect • Palatine • Rolling Meadows • Schaumburg • Streamwood

    Through the system, participating communities utilize the program staff to drive industry standards and best practices into regional planning training and exercises. From an all hazards approach JEMS staff collaborate with municipal leadership to build community-wide emergency management capabilities in all four phases of emergency management (Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation. Below is a list of some of the duties that are carried out by JEMS personnel, in collaboration with each member community:

    • Maintenance and updating of each subscriber’s Emergency Operations Plan
    • Maintenance of subscribers’ Continuity of Operations Plans
    • Ensuring that each subscribing community’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is appropriately maintained and ready for immediate use
    • Providing training for personnel in each of those communities on topics such as EOC operations, and assisting in developing and providing local and regional exercises
    • Working with the communities to ensure that all employees are trained in the National Incident Management System as required by their positions, and that the training is documented as required by federal statutes
    • Assisting subscribers with development of Incident Action Plans for planned events, assisting with emergency planning activities, and developing Emergency Management budgets
    • Attending local, regional and state planning committee meetings and serving as a liaison to state and county Emergency Management agencies

    The JEMS program considers itself an example of intergovernmental cooperation and collaboration, allowing multiple communities to have the benefits of a professional Emergency Manager while sharing the benefits of successful practices and lessons learned.



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