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Discovering the District: Northwest Central Joint Emergency Management System (JEMS)

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

Headquartered in Arlington Heights, the Northwest Central Joint Emergency Management System (JEMS) is a cooperative effort by twelve communities to provide regional, shared Emergency Management services.

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.

These communities include:

• Arlington Heights

• Barrington

• Buffalo Grove

• Elk Grove Village

• Hoffman Estates

• Inverness

• Mount Prospect

• Palatine

• Rolling Meadows

• Schaumburg

• Streamwood

• Wheeling

Participating communities utilize JEMS staff to combine industry standards and best practices into regional planning, training, and exercises through this arrangement. JEMS staff also collaborates with municipal leadership to build community-wide emergency management capabilities with member communities. This includes maintenance and updating of Emergency Operations Plan, maintenance of Continuity of Operations Plans, ensuring that Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) are appropriately maintained and ready for immediate use, training personnel on EOC operations, and assisting in developing and providing local and regional exercises.

Below is a list of some of the duties that are carried out by JEMS personnel, in collaboration with each member community:

• 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 members with the 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.

We thank JEMS for helping to keep District 14 safe!

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