Definition of Emergency Management
Emergency management is the process of coordinating available resources to deal with emergencies effectively, thereby saving lives, avoiding injury, and minimizing economic loss. This protection process involves four phases of emergency management. They are:
- Mitigation: Taking specific actions that will reduce the possibility of a disaster occurring or will reduce the loss when and if a disaster does occur. An example is relocating structures out of a flood plain to minimize loss from flooding.
- Preparation: The process of writing plans, identifying resources, negotiating agreements, and training/exercising.
- Response: The mobilization of forces using the resources available to stabilize a situation.
- Recovery: The immediate and long-range effort made to assist in returning a situation to near normal conditions.
Emergency Management Responsibilities
Day-to-day functions of Appomattox County Emergency Management are performed by:
- Susan M. Adams, Director
- John Vannoy, Interim Public Safety Manager
Appomattox County EM assists public safety agencies in all types of disasters including natural (severe storms, tornadoes, floods, etc.), technological/man-made (major fires, hazardous materials releases, etc.) and national security (enemy attack, terrorism, etc.)
Appomattox County EM is the local link to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who provide financial assistance in the event of a significant disaster. Appomattox County EM also assists in obtaining Homeland Security grant funding from Federal and State agencies.
The task of disaster management requires a close working partnership among all levels of government (Federal, regional, State, county and local) and the private sector (business, industry, volunteer organizations and the general public). Planning is a key component of emergency management. Planning to deal with emergencies occurs at each government level and should take place at the personal or family level as well.
Participate in an online Public Awareness and Readiness Survey sponsored by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management through its ReadyVirginia program.