Emergency management is the city’s managerial function charged with creating the framework within our community to reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. At the federal level, emergency management is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under direction of the President of the United States. At the city level, the Mayor serves as an Emergency Management Director (EMD) with delegation to the City Manager as the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC). The EMC is responsible for developing disaster response capabilities and coordinating an emergency response plan for the city. Potential emergencies/disasters include:
- Natural causes (tornadoes, winter storms, hail, large interface wildland fires, etc.)
- Civil emergencies (riots, protesters)
- National security events (terrorism)
- Technological disasters (hazardous materials spill)
The Fire Chief and Police Chief serve as alternate Emergency Management Coordinators assisted by their departments, other department directors, and volunteers. Should disaster strike, local authorities would take control of the situation from the Emergency Operations Center.