ABOUT

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. 

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Louise Vainowski | Administrative Assistant

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Allison Anderson, IPEM | Deputy Director

Allison graduated from Northern Illinois University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology in 2008; at which time she began her career in Emergency Management with the Village of Oak Lawn. In 2009 she joined the DuPage County Health Department’s Office of Risk and Emergency Management. In 2013 she joined Will County Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness & Response Division and in 2014 moved over to our agency.​

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Domingo Kaller, IPEM | Planning Officer

Domingo began his career in Emergency Management with us as a volunteer in 2007 and was promoted to Division Chief of our Search and Rescue Division in 2010. After working for FEMA as an Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist and  as a Type 3 All Hazards Logistics Chief for an Incident Management team in Texas he was hired in 2013 as an Emergency Operations Specialist and is now a Planning Officer. 

His duties include administering many of our notification systems including WebEOC. He also serves as the agency Basic Training Coordinator. He continues to be heavily involved in Search in Rescue in IL and has served several terms on the state board ISARC. He teaches many of the Search Management, Ground Search Classes  and Lost Person Behavior classes in IL. In 2015 he received his Illinois Professional Emergency Manager certification from the state of IL.

Kathryn Fajfar | Technological Hazards Planner

Kathryn graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography and a certificate in Leadership Development from Texas A&M University in 2015. She began her Emergency Management career as a volunteer in Field Services with the Will County EMA in the fall of 2015. In the summer of 2016, she was hired on as the Technological Hazards Planner for the agency. Kathryn has also joined the agency’s Hazardous Materials team since becoming a full-time staff member. In the fall of 2016, Kathryn received a certificate from IEMA in Professional Development.

 

Kathryn’s responsibilities include chemical emergency planning work related to chemical facilities, pipelines, railroads, and highway transportation. She is a liaison with the Will County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and its members, as well as the State Emergency Response Commission and chemical facilities within Will County. She ensures that the county, the Will County LEPC, and regulated chemical facilities are in compliance with all laws and regulations pertaining to chemical emergency preparedness. She also serves as the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer, maintains incident reports and related records, and ensures that the fire departments and other emergency response organizations in the county are provided with the most up-to-date chemical information.

Maria Pergi, IPEM | Planning and Exercise Officer

Maria started at Will County EMA as an intern in 2014. She also became a volunteer for Search and Rescue at this time. She completed her Master’s in Public Health and Certification in Disaster Management in 2015 while continuing to work contractually for the agency. Upon leaving our agency, she began working for the Kane County Health Department, first as a Community Health Planner and then as Emergency Response Coordinator. She maintained her volunteer status during her time away and rejoined our agency as a full-time staff member in 2018. She also received her Illinois Professional Emergency Manager Certificate from IEMA in 2018.

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Thomas Murray | Chief Deputy Director

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Dan Rankovich | Communications & Warning Officer

Brian Ciszczon, IPEM | Operations Specialist

 

Kevin Hulina | Radio System Technician

Michael McNamara | Radio System Technician

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Will COunty Emergency Management Agency

302 N. Chicago St. JOliet, IL 60432

815-740-8351

24/7 Emergency Number 815-740-0911