Want to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe in an emergency? Be sure to know your HAZARDS, have a PLAN, and make a KIT. Learn more about EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT and preparedness tips below.
What are the Five Pillars of Emergency Management?
Prevention: Some hazards can be prevented from occurring completely. Sometimes we can prevent being impacted by one through our choices. By not swimming in the ocean, you prevent the possibility of a shark attack.
Mitigation: Not all hazards can be prevented effectively. In those cases, we can look to reduce their impact by putting in place protective measures, or becoming more resilient to them. We can mitigate structural fires with less flammable building materials, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems.
Preparedness: We all know emergencies occur, so we need to take steps to be prepared to deal with them when they occur. Having a 72-Hour Emergency Kit, Vehicle Emergency Kit, and Family Emergency Plan are some of the preparedness steps you can take.
Response: Now that an emergency has occurred, we need to respond in alignment of the following priorities: Health & Safety, Incident Stabilization, Property and Environmental Damage, Financial Loss, Contractual Obligations, and Reputational Destabilization. Recovery: As the immediate response begins to slow, we turn to the recovery phase as we begin to build back (preferably build back better), and return to a state of normalcy.
Recovery: Often overlapping with “response”, recovery is the process of returning to pre-disaster conditions, or even better, “building back better” to increase resiliency to future hazards. The Emergency Response Planner is in charge of assessing risks associated with each community/program and developing measures to reduce the likelihood or severity of impacts. Additionally, they develop plans and other preparedness procedures to ensure the health and safety of staff, clients, communities, properties, and resources and the reputation and continuity of operations of the organizations.