What is Emergency Management

Emergency Management is planning for and handling of risks that may impact communities, regions or countries.

There are four stages of the emergency management cycle.

Mitigation

Mitigation is taking action now—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later. It involves analyzing risk, reducing risk, and insuring against risk.  Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Mitigation is achieved through regulations, local ordinances, land use and building practices.

Preparedness

Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, managing, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, creating, monitoring, evaluating and improving activities to ensure effective coordination and the enhancement of capabilities of concerned organizations to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, create resources and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters

Response

Response includes the mobilization of the necessary emergency services and first responders. This is driven by the type and kind of emergency and is likely to include a first wave of core emergency services, such as firefighters, police and ambulance crews.  They may be supported by a number of secondary emergency services. A well rehearsed emergency plan makes rescue and response more efficient.

Recovery

The aim of recovery is to restore the affected area to its previous state. It differs from response in its focus; recovery efforts deal with issues and decisions that must be made after immediate needs are met.  Recovery efforts are primarily concerned with actions that involve rebuilding destroyed property, re-employment, and the repair of essential infrastructure.  Efforts should be made to “build back better,” with a goal to reduce risks inherent in the community and infrastructure.

** Information from the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management

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