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Jacobs to be Nobles Co. Emergency Management director

WORTHINGTON -- The new Nobles County Emergency Management director won't begin her duties until July 9, but she's already a familiar face in Nobles County.

Joyce Jacobs, who has served as the executive director of the Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross for more than five years, will leave that agency for the full-time position with Nobles County.

"I've had a lot of experience working with disasters and emergencies," Jacobs said. "My Red Cross experience now gives me a good background to build off to work with Emergency Management."

Having forged connections with local law enforcement and public health officials during her tenure with the Red Cross, Jacobs said she looks forward to building on those relationships and working to advance preparedness measures moving forward.

"One of the things I've always been interested in is working to make a community a better place to live and be in a position where I could be helpful to others -- to provide information that is useful to people," Jacobs said. "One of the things that I really learned in Red Cross is that preparedness really is the key to recovery when disaster happens. (We need to) make sure that the county, as whole, communities and individuals are prepared to respond to disasters in the event they happen."

After working in a multi-county area with the Red Cross, Jacobs' focus will be more concentrated.

"Being back to having one county that I primarily serve will be nice," she said. "I'm really looking forward to being back to that one-county perspective and then working collaboratively with the surrounding counties."

Jacobs, who resides in Rushmore with her husband, Randy, has two adult daughters, Laura and Sarah. She worked with Nobles County Extension for more than 17 years, and led Junior Achievement for 2½ years before accepting a position with the Red Cross.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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