Emergency Management


The Department of Emergency Management (EM) coordinates efforts to ensure the County is able to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of natural or man-caused disaster. The County uses an all hazards approach to emergency preparedness, which means planning efforts consider all types of natural and man-caused disasters that could occur in the County.

EM falls under the Department of Emergency Medical Services. However, emergency management encompasses the entire County. EM works in collaboration with other community groups, including the Red Cross, the Voluntary Action Center and others.

One of the critical service areas in the County is emergency preparedness, including public involvement. EM also is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
  • Managing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Advising the Emergency Management Team, which includes the County Administrator, Sheriff, Fire/Rescue Commission Chairman, Department of Public Works Director, School Superintendent and Social Services Director
  • Managing Homeland Security grants from the federal government

Hurricane Brochure

Visit the Northampton County Emergency Services website

Hurricane Preparedness 

Contact Information


The above numbers ring to the cell phone of the Coordinator of Emergency Management when the Emergency Operations Center is not open/activated.

Charles Kolakowski, Coordinator
(757) 678-0440
[email protected]

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