Local History

The Campbell County Emergency Services Agency was created by Campbell County and the City of Gillette on April 5th, 1973.

There is no clear record of when the agency officially became the Campbell County Emergency Management Agency, but six years after the agency was created, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was activated on April 1st, 1979.

Campbell County's Emergency Management Coordinators

  • Robert Ernst - 1977-80
  • David Muller
  • David Holland
  • Marty Hildebrand
  • Rich Hauber
  • Tom Johnson
  • David King - October 1st, 1997 to Present

Municipal Coordinators

Wyoming State Law requires "each jurisdiction" appoint an "Emergency Management Coordinator."

  • Noland Peacock is the Coordinator for the City of Gillette
  • Keith Lind is the Coordinator for the Town of Wright

Origins of Emergency Management

Between 1803-1930 Congress approved over 100 pieces of legislation giving relief or compensation after a disaster

The Council of National Defense was created August 29, 1916 – Suspended at the end of World War I. Reactivated by Roosevelt on May 20, 1941 as an executive branch office known both as the Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Office of Civil Defense. (OEP/OCD)

The Reconstruction Finance Corporation was created in 1932 to lend money to banks after the Great Depression. Also the first with responsibility for giving $$ after a disaster

The Bureau of Public Roads was then created in 1934 and iven authority to finance reconstruction of roads after a disaster

Congress passed the Flood Control Act of 1944, givinig flood management duties to the Army Corps of Engineers.

In the 1960’s the Department of Housing and Urban Development created the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration.

Civil Defense

Civil Defense Logo
Civil Defense was a concept that evolved from WWI and the 20’s becoming formally part of the Executive Branch in 1941 and then was eventually absorbed into FEMA. In 2002 the Civil Defense responsiblities were part of what morphed into “Homeland Security.” Most commonly thought of as preparation for military attack during the Cold War and the “M-A-D (Mutually Assured Destruction) Doctrine.” Civil Defense was still referenced in the Emergency Management Statutes in Wyoming until changed officially to Homeland Security in 2003.

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

On April 1st, 1979 (no "fooling" - that was the date) The Federal Emergency Management Agency was activated.

It absorbed:
  • Federal Insurance Administration
  • National Fire Prevention and Control Administration
  • National Weather Service Community Preparedness Program
  • Federal Preparedness Agency (from GSA)
  • Federal Disaster Assistance Administration (from HUD)
  • Department of Defense’s Civil Preparedness Agency
FEMA’s role was later expanded with:
  • National Dam Safety Program
  • Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act
  • Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act
  • Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act
  • Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
  • National Flood Insurance Act
  • National Security Act
  • Defense Production Act
  • Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Amendment (Counter-Terrorism)
  • Various Executive Orders

DHS - Department of Homeland Security

DHS Seal

On November 25th, 2002 the Department of Homeland Security was created

It absorbed:
  • FEMA
  • U.S. Customs Service
  • Immigr
  • Federal Protective Service
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Office for Domestic Preparedness
  • Strategic National Stockpile
  • National Disaster Medical System
  • Nuclear Incident Response Team
  • Domestic Emergency Support Teams
  • National Domestic Preparedness Office
  • CBRN Countermeasures Programs
  • Environmental Measurements Laboratory
  • National Biological Warfare Defense Analysis Center
  • Plum Island Animal Disease Center
  • Federal Computer Incident Response Center
  • National Communications System
  • National Infrastructure Protection Center
  • Energy Security and Assurance Program
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Secret Service