What We Do
The Four Phases of Emergency Management
• Maintain the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Williams County
• Provide assistance to emergency response agencies during hazardous materials incidents, emergencies, man-made and natural disasters, and planned events
• Develop and update emergency plans for all hazards impacting our community
• Provide a liaison between local, state, and federal authorities during
hazardous materials incidents,
• Develop, coordinate, and conduct emergency management training/exercise
• Develop and distribute emergency management presentations, brochures,
pamphlets, public service announcements and other relevant information for
civic organizations, businesses, and the public
is conducted before a disaster occurs in order
to build emergency management capacity. It has three elements: the development
of emergency response plans; training on our plans and possible hazards,
practicing at putting the plans into effect (exercises); and public education.
Preparedness planning seeks to anticipate problems and project possible
solutions to minimize disaster damage.
activities provide emergency
assistance to save lives, preserve property and protect the environment. A goal
of all emergency responders is to reduce the probability of additional injuries
or damage, and to start the recovery process as soon as possible.
is the process of returning systems to normal
levels, such as replacing a bridge that was washed away by flooding, or long
term cleanup after a storm. Some activities can be accomplished in the short
term, such as adding gravel to washed out roads, while other activities take
years, such as rebuilding a community.
activities normally occur before an emergency or
disaster, or directly on the heels of a disaster. Such activities include
installing sirens, adopting flood plain and/or zoning regulations, and creating
building codes that include plans for storm shelters. The primary purpose for
mitigation is to eliminate or reduce the probability of a disaster, such as a
chemical spill or flood. It will include action to postpone, dissipate or
lessen the effects of the disaster.