Marion County EMA is responsible for county emergency planning requirements developed by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division under Chapter 29C.

  Marion County, Iowa - Emergency Management Agency (EMA)


The Office of Emergency Management is located on the First Floor of the Marion County Courthouse.

The Office of Emergency Management is governed by Chapter 29C State Code of Iowa and enforced by the Marion County Emergency Management Commission consisting of Chair and Vice Chair positions selected from the commission members which consist of the Mayors of the corporate cities within Marion County, a Board of Supervisor member and the Marion County Sheriff.

Marion County EMA is responsible for county emergency planning requirements developed by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division under Chapter 29C and works in cooperation with the emergency response agencies within Marion County to develop emergency response planning, response and recovery guidance and serves as the initial contact and liaison for Iowa Homeland Security issues at the state and federal levels.


As of March 13, 2020, the Marion County Emergency Mangagement has activated the United Way 211 hotline protocol in regard to the COVID-19 virus.

Questions and Information can be accessed in the following manners:

Dial 2-1-1

Text Zipcode to 898211

COVID-19 Virus - Iowa Department of Public Health

Press Release from the IDPH

Additional Information from the IDPH

Marion Alert Emergency Notification System

Marion County is now part of the Alert Iowa statewide system. The system can be used by state and local officials to quickly disseminate emergency information to county citizens. Click on the link below for sign-up information.

Marion Alert information...


The DNR and Iowa State University have created a series of videos designed to educate local officials and the general public in regard to flooding. The videos are divided into five categories: Introduction to the NFIP, Understanding Flooding, Floodplain Mapping, Floodplain Regulation, and Flood Insurance.

Flooding In Iowa web site


We are receiving numerous phone calls about acquiring sandbags. Marion County does NOT provide sandbags to residents. We maintain a nominal inventory of sandbags for protection of critical infrastructure only. Within the Cities of Marion County, the sandbag policy lies individually with each City jurisdiction. Those residents are encouraged to contact their local City administration or public works office for information regarding the local policy. There are privately owned sandbag distribution companies in Iowa that can be found on the internet.


The Marion County Emergency Management Agency and Sheriff's Department are looking for snowmobile owners that would be willing to assist emergency responders by using their snowmobile during severe winter weather conditions. If you might be interested please click on the link below for a registry form.

Snowmobile Owners Contact Registry Form


The Marion County Emergency Management Agency has weather alert radios available to the public. The Reecom R-1630 Weather Alert Radio normally sells for $59.99 without batteries and programming.  The R-1630 is available through the Marion County EMA, including batteries and programmed, for $45.00. Contact the EMA office if you have any questions.  Click here to view information on the R-1630 radio.

Weather Events of 2008

Attica Tornado - Click here for photos

Marion County Flooding - Click here for photos

Department Head Name:

Jeff Anderson [email protected]

Address of Emergency Management Agency office:
3014 E Main Street
Knoxville Iowa 50138

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Usually open during lunch hours but call ahead to verify

Phone Number:
(641) 828-2256

Cell Number:
(641) 891-2560

Employees in Emergency Management Office:

EMA Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Emergency Management Agency office

EMA Links:

EMA Budget Information


Hazard Mitigation Plan

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Iowa Emergency
Management Association

Safeguard Iowa Partnership

U.S Department of Homeland Security

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Emergency Management Association

National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Other Related Links:

The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)

National Weather Service
Des Moines

National Weather Service
Des Moines - Warnings

Weather Underground


Visit the Marion County Parks!

Cordova Observation Tower

Wooden coal miner statue in Memorial Park

Shoreline of Red Rock Lake in Marion County, Iowa