The Joshua Fire Department’s Emergency Management Division is charged with coordinating the city’s Emergency Management program.
Activities include developing emergency plans, operating warning systems, offering disaster preparedness training, as well as conducting drills, and exercises. The program operates through the four emergency management phases: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
The Texas Disaster Act of 1975 designates the Mayor as the director of the local emergency management program. The Mayor has designated Fire Chief Thomas Griffith as the Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) to manage the day-to-day operations of the program.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
The city operates an EOC in the Fire Station at 770 N. Main in response to an emergency or local disaster. The EOC is activated by designated personnel from city departments such as; Police, Fire, City Administration, and Public Works. The EOC is activated to monitor All Hazards, including severe weather, and coordinates with the Johnson County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
In addition to the City’s Outdoor Warning Siren System the City also utilizes the CodeRED Emergency Notification System that allows officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system and the ability to transmit such notifications.
iPhone and Android apps are also available.