What is Island County planning to do in an emergency? Island County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is responsible for emergency management within Island County to include planning and coordinating actions for the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery from natural and man-made emergencies and disasters. DEM provides hazard information, coordinates, and provides emergency training for county residents and first responders. DEM also operates the county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when it is activated.
The Director of Emergency Services for the City of Oak Harbor works closely with the Director of the Island County DEM, who works closely with the Washington State Department of Emergency Management.