Welcome to Emergency Management. The purpose of the Emergency Management Department is to provide a comprehensive emergency system for the health, safety, and welfare of the public during an emergency situation, and to aid in the prevention of, damage to, and the destruction of property during an emergency. This coordinated effort is concerned with the protection of life and property, and the minimization of suffering, loss of life, and destruction of property during periods of emergencies.
The four phases of Emergency Management is an integral part of comprehensive emergency planning. They are mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Each of these phases is specifically addressed here:
Making changes that reduce the probability or at least minimizing damages from the effects of a disaster, including, but not limited to:
- Developing communications systems to meet the needs of the community;
- Developing warning systems capable of providing officials and citizens with timely information;
- Conducting an in-depth and specific hazard vulnerability study;
- Providing appropriate authorities with complete information regarding hazards;
- Insuring that local agencies or groups involved with Emergency Management are knowledgeable of their responsibilities;
- Conducting realistic exercises of the plan.
Planned actions to be implemented by steps in situations of increasing tensions and/or anticipated natural disaster including, but not limited to:
- Reviewing and updating emergency plans and standard operating procedures;
- Inspecting and preparing emergency equipment for operations;
- Increasing public information;
- Alerting of local government forces and volunteers;
- Initiating accelerated training in appropriate areas;
- Placing appropriate personnel on standby;
- Establishing communications with appropriate agencies such as the National Weather Service.
Planned actions to be taken during that period of time in which the emergency is occurring with or without warning, including, but not limited to:
- Alerting the public to the emergency;
- Fully activating the Emergency Operating Center;
- Establishing appropriate communications;
- Conducting emergency operations for a maximum survival of people and preservation of property;
- Keeping the public informed of changes in the emergency situations as they occur.
That period immediately following the emergency when actions will be taken to restore the municipality to as normal as possible, actions will include, but are not limited to:
- Developing an evaluation of the situation including damage assessment;
- Reporting damage assessment to County Emergency Operating Center;
- Planning for restoration, determine priorities and commence restoration;
- Providing assistance when requested;
- In the event radiation is a problem, ensure monitoring and decontamination;
- Providing transportation for people who are being relocated;
- Providing mortuary service;
- Providing medical assistance;
- Certify as safe buildings, bridges, roads, etc.
Examples of Services Provided
- Develop, review, and enhance the County’s disaster preparedness and recovery plans for “All Hazards”.
- Distribute and coordinate those plans on a County-wide basis.
- Operate, maintain, and enhance the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
- Manage and coordinate County-wide response to, and recovery from, “All Hazards”.
- Coordinate the County’s disaster response/recovery needs with higher levels of government.
- Serve as coordination point for federal disaster relief programs.
- Develop and deliver public information and educational programs about disaster preparedness.
- Provide administrative and logistical support to the County’s Hazardous Materials Response Team.
- Plan, conduct, and critique exercises that test and improve preparedness.
- Assist local industry in writing and preparing Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Off-Site Facility Plans and Chemical Inventory and Tier II reporting forms.
All Hazard Mitigation Plan
- The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses.
***Note: Rural Addressing is no longer handled by the Emergency Manager. Applications for a rural address are available from the Sanitation and Zoning Office. Information about Rural Addressing can be found on the Land Information Office page.