Will COunty Emergency Management Agency

302 N. Chicago St. JOliet, IL 60432


24/7 Emergency Number 815-740-0911


Will County EMA was originally created as Civil Defense and later became Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.  The name of the department was changed to Will County Emergency Management (EMA) in January, 1992 to more accurately reflect its responsibilities.  The agency established within County Government is responsible for coordinating the emergency and disaster mitigation, as well as preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts of the County and its political subdivisions in conjunction with the State of Illinois, private organizations, businesses, and the public.

Harold Damron, CEM | Director

Director Harold Damron has been actively involved in emergency management since 1985.  In 1991, he joined the staff of the Will County Emergency Management Agency and was appointed as its 8th director in 2007.  During his career, he has helped coordinate the response and recovery efforts for eight presidentially-declared disasters and numerous other emergencies.  He serves on a number of boards and task forces, including the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and the Will County Emergency Telephone System Board


Harold holds a number of emergency management professional certifications, including Certified Emergency Manager and Illinois Professional Emergency Manager.  He completed Cohort 1 of FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Governors State University and is currently enrolled in the Air Command and Staff College non-resident program at the U.S. Air Force’s Air University.


In addition to his responsibilities as director, Harold has been active in various volunteer organizations for more than 30 years.  He currently serves a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.  Harold and his wife are life-long residents of Will County.