Emergency Management as defined by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM):
Emergency Management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to threats/Hazards and cope with disasters.
There are many threats and hazards to the communities within Effingham County. Tornados, flooding, severe winter storms and hazardous materials accidents are only a few of the possible dangers. The potential for disaster is ever present. A disaster, even on a small scale, would have a significant impact on our families, communities, businesses, environment and government functions.
Success in coping with disaster depends largely on how well prepared, organized and coordinated we are as individuals, communities, and as a County. Emergency Management is about studying worst case scenarios of the possible disasters that could occur in our County, evaluating our County’s response and recovery capabilities and finding ways we can improve our level of preparedness.
All of the emergency response agencies who serve our County have their own specialized, trained, and practiced roles and responsibilities in response to emergency situations. One of my responsibilities as an Emergency Manager is to find ways for all of those partners in emergency preparedness and response to plan, train, and work together in order to find gaps in our emergency planning and improve our coordination to respond effectively together to any major emergency or disaster in our County.
As the Emergency Manager for Effingham County, my goal is to continually work toward creating the unity of effort between government, members of the community, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector in our efforts of prevention, protection, mitigation, response to and recovery from disaster.
The History of Effingham County Emergency Management Agency
Effingham County Emergency Management (EMA) Today
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