Emergency Management Mission Areas

Mission Areas


  • Prevention involves ensuring we are optimally prepared to prevent an imminent terrorist attack.
  • A terrorist threat is considered imminent if intelligence or operational information warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat.


  • Protection involves safeguarding the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters.


  • Mitigation refers to the actions taken before an event occurs to prevent or lessen the impact the event has to life and property. Examples of mitigation activities are:
    • Establishing building codes and zoning ordinances
    • Grant funding
    • Training


  • Response involves the mobilization of resources to meet the needs of the community in response to the nature of the disaster, including local, county, state ,and federal resources as necessary.
  • Response is usually associated with the period of time immediately after the event and necessary to ensure life safety issues are handled. Examples of response activities include:
    • Fire and EMS services
    • Search and Rescue
    • Debris removal
    • Public works activities
    • Law enforcement


  • Recovery is the long-term mobilization of support operations that work toward returning the community to its pre-event condition.
  • This period is usually when social services and volunteer organizations tasked with relief effort gear up. The greater the magnitude of the disaster the greater the recovery effort.