Emergency management is the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies. The aim is to reduce the harmful effects of all hazards, including disasters. Source: Wikipedia
History of Emergency Management
Congress enacted the Civil Defense Act of 1950, which created Civil Defense. In 1979, the Civil Defense Act was amended, and Congress created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). States enacted laws that provided for disaster planning and response. Title 10 of the Indiana Code mandates every county within the state will be protected by a local Emergency Management Agency or EMA.
Fire, flood, earthquake, oil spill, air and water contamination, explosion, technological emergency, utility failure, hazmat/chemical incident, health emergency, an act of terrorism, public calamity, riot, hostile military action
Coordination and support
What does Emergency Management Do?
Maintains critical plans and procedures for emergency response
Responds to emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, and requests for assistance from municipalities, other counties, or the state
Builds and maintains relationships with local and state agencies, private sector partners, and non-governmental organizations such as the Community Organizations Active in Disasters
Promote individual, family, and community preparedness
Ensure a constant state of readiness for emergency response
Emergency Management Works who are first responders and part of the public safety team
Emergency equipment and supplies
Emergency Operations Center
Maintain daily communication with stakeholders
What does emergency management do during an emergency or disaster?
Implement emergency plans and procedures by:
Responding to the scene
Activation of the Emergency Operations Center
Activation of key stakeholders and volunteers
Provide information management
Resource support and coordination
Hamilton County Emergency Management consists of eight full-time staff. All personnel have day-to-day roles, command and general staff assignments in the Emergency Operations Center, are assigned a school district for safe school activities, and act as a liaison to agencies who work in the EOC.
The annual budget for Emergency Management is just over one million, of which $90,000 is reimbursed to the county from FEMA to pay for half of the salaries of three full-time staff.