The Winnebago County ESDA (Emergency Services and Disaster Agency) oversees emergency preparedness and response in the case of any weather, chemical or nuclear emergency or disaster.  Emergency and disaster preparedness and responses are coordinated with all government entities;  police, fire, rescue, public works.

The ESDA Coordinator provides the Sheriff with up-to-the-minute plans and objectives in the area of Homeland Security for the Justice Center, Public Safety Building, Courthouse, county owned property and the citizens of Winnebago County.