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Emergency Management Mission Areas

Mission Areas

- Prevention involves ensuring we are optimally prepared to prevent an imminent terrorist attack.
- A terrorist threat is considered imminent if intelligence or operational information warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat.
- Protection involves safeguarding the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters.

- Mitigation refers to the actions taken before an event occurs to prevent or lessen the impact the event has to life and property. Examples of mitigation activities are:

  • Establishing building codes and zoning ordinances
  • Grant funding
  • Training

- Response involves the mobilization of resources to meet the needs of the community in response to the nature of the disaster, including local, county, state ,and federal resources as necessary.

- Response is usually associated with the period of time immediately after the event and necessary to ensure life safety issues are handled. Examples of response activities include:
  • Fire and EMS services
  • Search and Rescue
  • Debris removal
  • Public works activities
  • Law enforcement

- Recovery is the long-term mobilization of support operations that work toward returning the community to its pre-event condition.

- This period is usually when social services and volunteer organizations tasked with relief effort gear up. The greater the magnitude of the disaster the greater the recovery effort.