Your Emergency Management Agency

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

To learn more about Union County Emergency Management and to access resources to build a safe community click here.

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.

Union County by Tom Danilovich
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 $25,00 made payable to the Union County Treasurer.

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

Emergency Notification Alerts

Union County Emergency Notifications

Union County has a county-wide emergency notification System through ALERT Iowa.  To register for the Alerts you would like to receive you click on the link here.

A note:  Watches, which are issued hours ahead of possible weather events are not sent out  between 10 PM and 7 AM.

See the FAQ page for further information about Union County Emergency Notifications.

What's New!

Today, November 7, 2019 is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Iowa.  Learn what you can do to make it through our long winter safely and prepared for anything Mother Nature might throw our way!

Tips for winter weather:  Know the terms you will hear in forecasts.

Terms to Know:

  • Snow Squall:  intense, but limited duration, periods of moderate to heavy snowfall, accompanied by gusty surface winds resulting in reduced visibilities and whiteout conditions. Rapidly falling temperatures in conjunction with the snow can cause dangerous impacts to surface transportation.
  • Blizzard: Blowing and/or falling snow with winds of at least 35 mph, reducing visibilities to a quarter of a mile or less for at least three hours. Winds lofting the current snow pack and reducing visibilities without any falling snow is called a ground blizzard.
  • Freezing Rain: Caused by rain falling on surfaces with a temperature below freezing. The rain freezes upon contact with the ground. Large build-ups of ice can down trees and power lines and coat roads.
  • Sleet: Rain/melted snow that has begun refreezing when it reaches the ground. Sleet tends to be softer than hail and is easily compacted. Sleet can make roads slippery very quickly.
  • Wind Chill: The apparent temperature the body feels when wind is factored into the equation.  For more information click here.





Be prepared. Not scared.

Every day you plan.  You plan what you will do at work, home, school, and in your spare time.  Make a commitment to plan for emergencies and disasters.  They happen, every day.  So don't be scared - be prepared!