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Hamilton County / City of Aurora Emergency Management

Mission Statement: To provide leadership and support to reduce the loss of life and property and protect our county’s institutions from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, all-hazards emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

The job of the Emergency manager is defined by law. It does however, have a moral basis. The emergency manager must balance the duties authorized and required by law with the moral obligation of the public employee to do everything possible to protect and preserve the safety of citizens in the city and county.

Emergency Management expresses a strong commitment to provide inter-agency cooperation and coordination of activities relating to mitigation of, prevent of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disaster sand emergencies.

Hamilton County/City of Aurora has a full time Directory and a Part-time Deputy Director.

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  • Kirt Smith

    Emergency Management Director

    Kirt has been the Director of Emergency Management since 2007 and became a Nebraska Certified Emergency Manager in April 2008. He completed his Certificate in Emergency Planning/Management from Red Rocks Community College in 2017.

    Kirt started his career in emergency services after spending four years as a medic in the US Air Force. He also served as an EMT/Paramedic with Hamilton County Ambulance from 1992-2008. He served as the Director of the Hamilton County Ambulance for eight years before taking over the Director of Emergency Management position.

    Kirt is a Fire Captain for the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department since 1997.

    Kirt is a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 42, and on the Board of Directors for the Aurora High School Athletic Booster Club.

    Kirt and his wife Teresa have two daughters.

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