Your Emergency Management Agency

Proudly serving Afton, Arispe, Cromwell, Creston, Thayer, Shannon City, and ALL of Union County.


Since 1993

Vision and Mission

Vision:  Building a safer future through effective partnerships of local government, emergency services, the private sector,  volunteer agencies, and the citizens of Union County to save lives, protect property, and reduce the effect of disasters through planning, preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery activities.

Mission:  The Union County Emergency Management Agency strives to have a program to enhance preparation, planning, response, and recovery to all-hazard events.  The EMA develops, maintains, and implements the ability to manage and coordinate emergency operations in cooperation with local, state, and federal governments and the private sector.

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Union County Ordinance requires all structures with utilities have a 9-1-1 address.  This applies to housing, barns, sheds, and other structures.

9-1-1 Addressing

Union County Ordinance requires a 9-1-1 address at all structures which have utilities.  An address application is available here.  The sign requirement is so that emergency services may find you if there is an incident requiring first responders to locate you.

The application can be mailed to Union County Emergency Management Agency, P.O. Box 277, Creston, IA  50801

Or it may be dropped off at 705 E. Taylor St., Creston, IA 50801.

The cost is $120.00 made payable to the Union County Treasurer as of 01-01-2024.

Replacement signage is available at a cost of $40.00.

An address application will NOT be processed without payment of the fee,

Emergency Notification Alerts

Union County Emergency Notifications

Sign up here for Union County/Alert Iowa Alerts! In the event of an emergency or severe weather, an alert will be sent to the phone number and/or email address provided by voice, text and/or email.

This is a free service provided by Union County and the State of Iowa, however, normal message fees may apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. Notifications are dependent upon external providers and receipt of notifications by the intended recipient cannot be guaranteed.

Alerts sent from Union County may originate from the following codes: 226787, 67283, 78015, 81437, or 77295 for text messages, (641) 782-2167 for voice notifications, and [email protected] or email messages. Please be sure to save these in your phone and/or address book.


Union County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The Hazard Mitigation Plan is required to obtain grant funding for projects to minimize impacts to the County and all its subjurisdictions (Cities, Schools, Hospital, other non-profits).  Survey open until May 24, 2024 at midnight.

Your opinion matters.  Please go to HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE to read the draft plan and give your opinion on the mitigation strategies that have been chosen by the participating jurisdictions for the plan to lessen the impacts of disasters or other serious events in Union County.

  • The draft plan can be found on the Hazard Mitigation Page.  The survey link is here.