Justin Drittler was appointed Director of the Office of Emergency Management in September 2017 by Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Administration and Management from Arkansas Tech University. Justin was the President of the International Emergency Management Student Association at Arkansas Tech University in 2003. He began his career with the Pope County Office of Emergency Services Search and Rescue Team as a volunteer in 1997, then came to our staff as Assistant Director in March of 2005. In addition to his many other responsibilities, Justin is responsible for the day to day operations of the Search and Rescue Teams and the Emergency Operations Center. Justin is also a licensed Emergency Medical Technician, and has received certification through the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) for Managing the Lost Persons Operations and Search and Rescue Tech II.
Emergencies and natural disasters can be a part of life: tornados, fires, and flooding are among the many. Although these risks cannot be eliminated, the degree to which we are affected by them relates to how well we have prepared for them.
A good home emergency plan lends itself to protect you and your family against all disasters. Take the time now to research your options, prepare a plan, stock up on emergency supplies, get trained, and be ready.
During an emergency, Pope County's primary duty is to ensure public safety and restore services as soon as possible. In any natural disaster, Pope County resources are directed toward evacuating residents as necessary, coordinating with police, fire, and medical emergencies, maintaining utility services, traffic control, and clearing streets of water or debris.
After the emergency is over, our focus will turn to recovery and restoring services back to normal operation.
Although no one can predict when the next emergency will occur or what it will be, Pope County strives to be a community that educates it’s citizens to become well-prepared for any unexpected event.