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Office of Emergency Management

Joseph Richmond, Office of Emergency Management

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 STorm Shelter rebate program has been suspended.

The Arkansas Dpartment of Emergency Management will no longer take shelter rebate applications due to lack of funding.


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