Emergency Management Bureau
Emergency Management Director
MCSO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Welcome to the Marion County Department of Emergency Management.
Safeguarding the life and property of its citizens is an innate responsibility of the governing body of each political subdivision of this state. In 1988, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office established the Division of Emergency Management at the request of the Marion County Commission for this purpose. In 1992, the City of Ocala established the Office of Emergency Management. In 1997, the City of Dunnellon joined the partnership and formed an Office of Emergency Management. Today, the three agencies are known as the Ocala/Marion County Office of Emergency Management.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management is Marion County’s lead agency for coordination of emergency and disaster response activities. Emergency Management’s mission is to provide a comprehensive and aggressive emergency preparedness response and recovery program in order to save lives, protect property and reduce the effects of disasters in Marion County.
The staff of Emergency Management is responsible for developing and coordinating programs that protect the public’s health and safety from large scale hazards, such as exposure to biological and chemical agents, explosive and incendiary devices and natural disasters.