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Pope County Office of Emergency Management

Pope County OEM

Justin Drittler

Justin Drittler


Phone: 479-968-1800    Fax: 479-967-2231


Justin Drittler was appointed Director of the Office of Emergency Management in September 2017 by former 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: tornadoes, 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 its citizens to become well-prepared for any unexpected event.


In 2016, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Citizen Corps Council created the Arkansas Youth Preparedness Council.  The Council, the first of its kind in the nation, brings together youth leaders from across the state who are highly interested and engaged in promoting youth emergency preparedness and making a difference in their communities. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in improving emergency preparedness and response within their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as advocates for youth preparedness. The Council supports the ongoing commitment from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to involve youth in preparedness-related activities and provide an avenue to engage the youth population, taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions.

The Pope County Youth Preparedness Council joins with our State and Federal partners to support this commitment to involve our community's youth in preparedness-related activities. Pope County YPC members will meet with Emergency Management staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives, and projects involving their schools and communities. YPC members will have the opportunity to visit with and learn from various response partners, serve as representatives to the state Arkansas Youth Preparedness Council and participate in the development and implementation of emergency preparedness projects and trainings. Membership is open to upcoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

The application period will close on April 5, 2019.  Please complete the application on the reverse side of this notice and return to the Office of Emergency Management. Submit the application to the address listed above or fax/email to:


Justin Drittler, Director
Pope County Office of Emergency Management

Address: 4 Emergency Lane, Russellville, AR  72802


Office 479-968-1800

Fax 479-967-2231


We look forward to your participation in this exciting opportunity!

Youth Preparedness Council Information


Emergency Planning Resources: Disaster Assistance Information: AR Dept. of Emerg. Mgmt.
AR Department of Emergency Management Fed. Emerg. Mgmt. Agency
State of Arkansas Disaster Assistance American Red Cross
Severe Weather Information: Other Useful Links:
National Weather Service Road Conditions: IDrive Arkansas
Weather Underground School Closings: KARK
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REMEMBER: During severe weather emergencies, always tune in to your local television and radio stations for current information regarding your area.