Emergency Management Agency

About Us

The Massac County Emergency Management Agency’s staff, volunteers, and our community law enforcement and emergency personnel partners stand ready to assist with any incident response within the county that involves a wide range of disaster types. We are responsible for coordinating the local emergency/disaster prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts to ensure that Massac County will be adequately prepared to deal with natural, technological, or man-made emergency causes to preserve the lives and property of the people of Massac County. Our main duty is to protect the public peace, health, and safety of our community in the event of a disaster.

Massac County EMA maintains an Emergency Operations Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan for the County and functions as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the response to a disaster effecting our community. Additionally, we serve as the frontline, in conjunction with the National Weather Service, for Massac County residents in monitoring incoming severe weather. Massac EMA is significantly involved in community outreach throughout the year in the form of presentations to community groups, as well as regularly updating our Facebook Page: “Massac County Emergency Management Agency”. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like our agency to provide an outreach program for your group. To learn more about Massac County EMA, how to volunteer, or to find out more about our activities please continue to navigate through our website and click any available links.

Agency Command Staff

Director — Brian Horn
Assistant Director — Scott Deming
Administrative Assistant — Stelza Bowman


Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Office: 618-524-2999
On-Duty Cell: 618-309-3993



1 Superman Square
Rm. 1B
Metropolis, IL 62960


Massac County is susceptible to various types of hazards. To find out more information on how you can keep your family prepared in the event of a disaster, click on the local hazards and resources list below:

What You Can Do


Public Spaces









Severe Weather

Severe Weather



Winter Storm

Winter Storm


The purpose of the Volunteer Program is to ensure that trained personnel will be available in the event of potential or actual situations that threaten the safety of people or property in Massac County. When necessary, volunteers will be asked to assist in the implementation of, and carrying out, the tasks assigned by the Massac County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), other supporting documents, or the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Additionally, the program allows volunteers to make a positive contribution to the quality of life for those that live, work, or spend time in the Massac County area, including that of the volunteer.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, print out and complete this Volunteer Recruitment and Placement Form, and bring it in to the Massac County EMA office.

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)


The Massac County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was created by an act of Congress referred to as the “Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). The law requires that each state establish planning districts. In Illinois, the Governor named each county as a planning District.

Each district is required to form a committee that includes a representative from the following groups or organizations:


  • Elected state and local officials
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • Fire fighting
  • First Aid
  • Health
  • Local Environmental
  • Hospital
  • Transportation
  • Broadcast and print media
  • Community groups
  • Facility owners/operators

LEPC Office

The Massac County Emergency Management Agency provides administrative support for the LEPC since we share many of the same goals and responsibilities. The LEPC holds regular meetings, but the date, time, and location rotate throughout the year. If you have questions regarding the LEPC or would like to attend one of our meetings please reach out to Massac EMA Director Brian Horn for relevant information.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program

In 2022, Massac County EMA purchased a DJI Mavic 2 – and later a DJI Mini 3 — in an effort to enhance public safety and the critical capabilities of our local emergency personnel. Our agency understands that UAS will continue to enhance and innovate the world of public safety by providing critical information to law enforcement and other public safety professionals, information which could save lives and prevent the loss of much more. The drone program has a multitude of purposes, from increasing situational awareness when firefighters are engaging large scale incidents, providing live aerial surveillance for law enforcement involved in tense volatile situations, to helping local building and planning commissions determine if structures are up to code, the possibilities are truly endless.

Unlike recreational drone use, Massac EMA ensures that only trained professional UAS handlers are operating the craft at all times. All drone pilots must have the appropriate certification issued by the FAA and must complete all required FAA training courses before they can operate the UAS device. In addition, once all of the training and certifications are obtained, candidates must log a standard amount of hours in the field before they can operate the UAS in the event of an emergency.

Today, Massac EMA stands ready to provide immediate support to emergency personnel responding to incidents such as: building fires, brush fires, searching for missing/fleeing persons, hazardous materials incidents, natural or manmade disasters, property damage assessment, and any other incident that may require aerial intelligence.

Massac County Weather
Station Live Feed


Massac EMA understands that weather is a universal topic of conversation for, basically, everyone, because it is such an important factor in determining our day-to-day activities. Whether you want to plan a picnic at one of our local parks, or are trying to determine the right conditions to get your crops in the ground, having more accurate weather-related data for Massac County is important for all our residents and visitors.

This is why Massac EMA is working diligently to procure and install a weather monitoring system that will be located at the Massac County Courthouse. The weather station will have numerous capabilities, including a 24/7 live stream of weather conditions while displaying real-time meteorological data. The weather station will measure atmospheric conditions such as:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Barometric pressure
  • Rainfall
  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction