We encourage individuals and families to be personally prepared in the event of a disaster. That means having a go bag, an emergency kit and a family emergency plan.
When an emergency happens we “respond” to it based on how we planned and trained for it. The most important things for us are to protect lives, protect property, and try to keep the emergency from getting any bigger. Residents can be a part of the response effort by volunteering.
Recovery is the longest and most difficult part of emergency management. This is the phase where we help communities rebuild after a disaster, and try to get them back to normal as quickly as possible. When disasters are really big, such as earthquakes, or hurricanes, or really big fires, this can take a long time.
Mitigation is where we look at specific areas of the county, and analyze which hazards that part of the county are most likely to experience. Once we figure out what the hazards are, we then try to find different things we could do now that might lessen the impact of the hazard the next time it happens.