Throughout our Nation’s history, communities have always bonded together when disaster strikes. Emergency management simply creates a framework to help communities reduce vulnerabilities to threats and hazards and cope with disasters.
Emergency management is an essential role of government. The Constitution tasks the States with responsibility for public health and safety―hence, they are responsible for public risks, while the Federal Government’s ultimate obligation is to help when State, local, or individual entities are overwhelmed.
The overall goals of emergency management at all levels are to reduce the loss of life, to minimize property loss and damage to the environment, and to protect the jurisdiction from all threats and hazards. We accomplish this through five mission areas:
But ultimately, emergency management is a whole community function; meaning, our greatest success will come from leveraging the expertise of:
- Individuals and households
- Private and nonprofit sectors
- Community entities including advocacy and faith-based organizations
- Other levels of government
Thus, we encourage every member of the community to review the resources we have listed to ensure that you are properly prepared in the event of a disaster, and to be prepared to play a vital role in all of the mission areas.