The Emergency Management department is dedicated to saving lives, property, and the enviroment by taking responsible measures to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of major emergencies and disasters whether natural or man-made with in the county.
The Beaver County Emergency Management Department is used to plan for, coordianate responses to, and recover from major emergencies and disasters the efforts of county, city, and other local, regional, statewide, and federal resources, agencies, and partners.
Emergencies, major emergencies, and disastors are different:
- EMERGENCIES are smaller contained incidents that are hnadled by a single response agency and their partners.
- MAJOR EMERGENCIES exceed a single agency's capabilities and require multipble response partners working together over a limited period of time.
- DISASTERS exceed the capability of all the county's resources combined and require assistance from the state and federal government.
Some of the hazards that Beaver County could potenially result in a Major Emergency or Disaster include: Severe Thunderstorms | Tornados | Flooding | Winter Storms | Excessive Heat | Drought | Earthquakes | Utiliy Outage | Terrorism | Chemical Spill | Etc.
- Preparedness includes planning, training, evaluating and improving procedures before a disaster occurs. This could include things like writing an evacuation plan, preparing sand bags in advance, strengthening partnerships, etc. While emergency management staff coordinates preparedness on behalf of the county, it is everyone’s responsibility to participate. You might consider visiting an online Emergency Response website such as 20 to Ready, conducting a home hazard hunt, developing emergency kits for your family and pets, etc.
- Response begins when the disaster is imminent or has already occurred. This may include monitoring conditions, activating the emergency mobile operations center, acting as liaison with local, state, and federal agencies, and providing support to emergency response organizations that are directly involved with the incident.
- Recovery is the process of returning the community to its pre-disaster state. The recovery phase takes place when the immediate threat to life and property has ended. This is a restoring process that includes things like repairing damaged homes, making repairs to city utilities, tracking costs, applying for federal assistance and generally re-establishing a sense of normalcy.
- Mitigation refers to the steps taken to reduce the impact of a disaster before it occurs. This could include projects such as constructing a dam to prevent flooding, reducing residential zones in hazard areas, constructing new buildings to withstand high winds and earthquakes.