Illinois Emergency Management Agency

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Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Agency overview
Formed 1951
Preceding agencies Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (1975-1992)[1]
Illinois Civil Defense Agency (1951-1975)
Jurisdiction Illinois
Headquarters 2200 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois
Agency executive Joseph Klinger[2], Interim Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency
IEMA field Impala

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is an agency of the state of Illinois responsible for preparing for and coordinating responses to emergencies. It replaced the Illinois Civil Defense Agency in 1975 under House Bill 1109.


The primary responsibility of IEMA is to better prepare the State of Illinois for natural, man-made or technological disasters, hazards or acts of terrorism. IEMA coordinates the State's disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs and activities, functions as the State Emergency Response Commission, and maintains a 24-hour Communication Center and State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). The SEOC acts as lead in crisis/consequence management response and operations to notify, activate, deploy and employ state resources in response to any threat or act of terrorism. IEMA assists local governments with multi-hazard emergency operations plans and maintains the Illinois Emergency Operations Plan.


  1. ^ A Brief History of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), June 2008, retrieved August 6, 2009 
  2. ^ "IEMA Director". Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 

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