Emergency Management

Haywood County Emergency Management is the County’s point of contact with North Carolina Emergency Management for disaster planning, preparation, response and recovery.

Emergency Management evaluates the County for vulnerabilities and ways to increase capability to manage disasters, natural or man-made. This process is performed by the maintaining and revising of the County’s Emergency Action Plans. The plans are exercised several times per year and constantly evaluated for compatibility with local, state and federal resources plans.

The most important function of Emergency Management is cooperation and involvement with State and Federal Emergency Management Officials who may play a role in disasters in Haywood County as well as with:

  • 911 communications
  • EMS
  • Fire
  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Search & Rescue

Input from the Local Emergency Planning Committee of Haywood County assists in adapting plans involving Hazardous Materials.

Disaster Plans

When a disaster strikes, Haywood County will activate its Emergency Operations Plans immediately to ensure the safety and efficiency of smooth emergency operations. Along with local Emergency Services, other agencies involved with disaster management in Haywood County are:


  • The municipalities of Waynesville, Clyde, Canton, and Maggie Valley
  • Haywood Regional Medical Center
  • Department of Social Services
  • Health Department
  • North Carolina Forest Service
  • North Carolina Highway Patrol
  • North Carolina National Guard
  • Public Transit
  • Salvation Army
  • American Red Cross

More Information

Haywood County Emergency Management is managed by the Haywood County Emergency Services Coordinator, Travis Donaldson. For more information about your local Emergency Management office, please contact travis.donaldson@haywoodcountync.gov

Emergency Operations Plans

For more information related to Haywood County Emergency Operations Plans and/or its annexes, please contact the Emergency Management Division Chief of Haywood County Emergency Services, Zack Koonce at zack.koonce@haywoodcountync.gov

Emergency Operations Basic Plan
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