Emergency Management

Contact Us



 Jim Lester


719 2nd St. SW PO Box 348

Clarion, Iowa 50525

Telephone: 515-602-6821

Fax: 515-532-9026


Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday - Friday

Wright County Homeland Security & Emergency Management

The Wright County Emergency Management Agency plans for disasters, responds to disasters, organizes the recovery from disasters, and mitigates situations that could cause harm during a disaster. This office develops the multi-hazard plan to cover all disasters and emergencies in Wright County. We develop the Terrorism Plan, Mitigation Plans, and Recovery Plans for Wright County.


We train people in all emergency services on disaster response. We have public awareness programs for how to prepare for disasters. County Disaster exercises are planned and managed by this office. We implement the requirements for the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Incident Command System (ICS), and the Multi-Agency Incident Management System.


This office works with fire departments, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, hospitals, public health, public works, utilities (such as pipelines, electric lines, and water), and many other local agencies. We work with many state organizations and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. We work with federal agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security.


Emergency Management Commission


The Wright County Emergency Management Agency is an agency set up from the State Code of Iowa Section 29C. It has a Commission consisting of:

♦  8 Wright County town mayors or their representatives

♦  a member of the Board of Supervisors

♦  Wright County Sheriff

The Commission hires a Coordinator to run the daily operations of the Agency.  The current Coordinator is Jim Lester.


The Board of Supervisors appointed the Emergency Management Coordinator as the Homeland Security Director and advisor to the county for all Homeland Security issues.