What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management (EM) is the practice of mitigating, preparing, responding, and recovering from a disaster. Hazards such as tornadoes, dam failure, and terrorism are planned against during phases of preparation and elimination of perils in a jurisdiction. In EM, our goal is to prevent the disruption of normal community functions, and protect lives and property from disasters. In order to be successful in completing this goal Emergency Managers act based on the four phases of Emergency Management; mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Preparedness- constant activities of planning, organizing, training, monitoring, and evaluating to ensure effective coordination and capabilities of an organization to cope with disasters.
Response- activities to assist the impacted area during a disaster
Recovery- to restore affected region back to original condition
Mitigation- reducing or eliminating further risk of a disaster
Emergency Management is a reoccurring process. It consists of planning, training, conducting assessments, testing capabilities and coordinating activities that provide safety and education to citizens in prone areas 365 days a year. Everyday emergency managers and supporting staff are trying to figure out best practices, locate efficient resources, and adapt to changes in our environment in order to keep our city safe.