Tim Warstler was the director of Stark County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) since 2004. He joined the agency in 2001.
Over the past 21+ years, during his tenure at Stark EMA, he has been involved in the management of three federally declared disasters and numerous local emergency declarations.
Warstler has also secured or assisted millions of dollars in state and federal grants for Stark County’s public safety forces and local communities.
Prior to his time at Stark EMA, he spent seven years as Director of Safety and Security at Doctors Hospital, then 17 years as a part-time paid firefighter and 11 years as a fire captain. Warstler has over 25 years of service as a Stark County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy and is currently a Lieutenant.
Warstler is a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers. This is the highest professional achievement of the association, which has more than 9,000 emergency managers. The designation is held by only 1,526 men and women in the emergency management profession.
Warstler and his 24-year-old wife, Barb, live with their 4-year-old Lexi in Plain Township. He graduated from Fairless High School and RG Drage in the Agricultural Production Program. He also attended Ohio State University where he studied engineering.
Would you describe your main duties as director of the Stark County Emergency Management Agency?
As Director, my staff and I work with local government agencies, public safety officials, non-profits and elected officials to help coordinate response before, during and after high-impact disasters. scale in Stark County.
What are some of your favorite work tasks?
Consult with local public safety officials, area governments, schools, hospitals, businesses, etc., to determine their needs and capabilities in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency. The second would be to conduct damage assessments following disasters or emergencies with state or federal partners.
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Would you like to share some of your favorite places in Stark County to spend your free time and why?
I love attending local events like festivals, First Fridays, and dining in and around Stark County with my wife because we have so many great options available. We don’t have enough time, but we like to visit many parks and sites like Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve.
What do you consider a hidden talent that your friends and colleagues may not know about?
I’m not sure, but I’d like to think I’m making a pretty good travel and cooking guide. My reviews and travel photos have over 5.3 million views in Google Maps.
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With all the rain the county has seen this spring, could you offer some advice on what to do if someone is driving and encounters flash flooding on the road?
I think the best advice is the National Weather Service’s “Turn Around Don’t Drown” campaign. Most flood-related vehicle fatalities occur when people drive through flooded areas, often driving around barricades or closed road signs.
As for your car suddenly being surrounded by floodwaters, there are so many variables with this question. I would suggest a quick search on the internet and reading “How to Survive a Flash Flood in Your Car” ahead of time.
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