- An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.
EMERGENCY - Any event which threatens to, or actually does, inflict
damage to property to people.
- The coordination of an organized effort to attain specific goals
MANAGEMENT - An organized effort to mitigate against, prepare for,
respond to, and recover from and emergency. Emergency management
occurs on federal, state, and local levels.
- Activities which eliminate or reduce the chance of occurrance
or the effects of a disaster. MORE
- Planning how to respond in case an emergency or working disaster
occurs, and working to increase resources available to respond
effectively. (To find out how to prepare for various disasters
on a personal level, please see the "Be Prepared"
section on the right hand side of every page.)
- The activities that occur during or immediately following a disaster
that provide emergency assistance to victims of the event,
and reduce the event of secondary damage.
- The act of returning something back to to normal, or as close
to its normal state as possible. With regards to disaster
revovery, it refers to returning the area affected by a disaster
back to its normal state, or as close as can be achieved under
the circumstances. This is both short term (returning vital support
systems to minimum operating status) and long term (redeveloping
an area destroyed by a disaster).
MANAGER - An individual that has the responsibilities of coordinating
all the components of the emergency management system. He/She
is responsible for developing and overseeing emergency
mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery systems for
a given area. This includes coordinating all emergency resources
under a given jurisdiction, such as local governments, fire and
police departments, the Red Cross and other volunteer groups,
ambulence services and hospitals, civil defense efforts,
and all public works, so that they may all work together for
efficiently during a disaster situation. An emergency manager must also
remain abreast of the latest developments, problems, strengths,
and weaknesses within his/her jurisdiction so that was new
situations occur, they can be handled accordingly.
(FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY) - The leading agency for civil
defense that coordinates with other federal agencies with responsibilities
or capabilites valuable to national security emergency preparedness.
HAZARD - A natural or technological force or event that could cause
or create a disaster.