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Office of Emergency Management

Joseph Richmond, Office of Emergency Management

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Phone numbers:

Blytheville (870) 532-6530
Osceola (870) 563-1309
Fax (870) 763-0150


The establishment of the Mississippi County Office of Emergency Services was authorized by Act 511 of 1973 and created by Mississippi County Quorum Court Order #CO 74-10.  The name of the office was changed to the Office of Emergency Management by Mississippi County Quorum Court Order #CO 2005-18 in September 2005.  The position of 'Coordinator' for the Office of Emergency Management is filled by appointment by the County Judge.  The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for emergency preparedness and disaster planning, coordinating efforts of multiple agencies including governmental, volunteer, and private; and mitigation and recovery during a disaster event.  OEM also coordinates the efforts of emergency service providers including rural fire departments, search and rescue teams, RACES, ambulance and hazardous materials response.


Notice: Arkansas Shelter Rebate Program Suspended December 9, 2011

The Arkansas Dpartment of Emergency Management will take shelter rebate applications until December 9, 2011.  Due to lack of funding, the program will then be suspended until further notice.  Applications that are received through December 9, 2011 will be kept on file and those eligible will receive funding as it becomes available.  Please check the ADEM website link for updates to the program. 


Joseph Richmond

Mississippi County

200 West Hale Avenue, Room 201

Osceola, Arkansas  72370

Office:  870-563-1309

Fax:     870-763-0150


Ground breaking for new Wison Fire Department

Monday March 26, 2012