What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating all the activities necessary to build, sustain and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recovery from threatened and actual natural disasters such as tornadoes, flooding and ice storms, man-made disasters such as hazardous materials spills, industrial and transportation incidents, and acts of terrorism. (International Association of Emergency Managers, Principles of Emergency Management: http://www.iaem.com/EMPrinciples/index.htm ).
The Catawba County Division of Emergency Management is responsible for developing and maintaining the framework within which our citizens can reduce their vulnerability to hazards and cope with emergencies. Planning, training and exercises, developing personnel and equipment resources, relationship building and providing community programs are some of the ways Catawba County seeks to increase our ability to respond and recover from disasters.
Catawba County Emergency Management employees a group of professionals who:
- Oversee development of the County’s plans for large-scale emergencies and disasters.
- Educate individuals, families, businesses and community groups on emergency preparedness.
- Conduct training and exercises to evaluate the effectiveness of plans and policies.
- Collect, analyze, and disseminate incident information.
- Coordinate and support responses to and recovery from emergencies and
- Obtain funding in support of preparedness and mitigation for the county.