For Emergency Preparedness
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management is an organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all aspects of emergencies, in particularly mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Emergency management involves plans, structures and arrangements established to engage the normal endeavors of government, voluntary and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to respond to the whole spectrum of emergency needs. This is also known as disaster management.
In the United States, the lead federal agency for emergency management is the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA. Each state also has an emergency management office, and most other levels of government have a similar office as well.
Emergency managers are generally trained through a combination of education, experience, and certificate courses.
How does Talbot County administer Emergency Management?
The Emergency Management Division is responsible for the planning, assignment, and coordination of all available resources in an integrated program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for all emergencies and disasters whether from a terrorist attack, man-made, or natural disaster. The Director of Emergency Services serves as the sworn Emergency Manager and staffs the division with a full time Emergency Planner.
The Emergency Management staff is also responsible for staffing, training and operating the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is the facility from which the County or other governmental organizations' emergency response is controlled, coordinated, and directed.
Successful emergency management programs rely on strong relationships built between agencies and organizations in the development of plans, as well as providing emergency preparedness training and awareness information and briefings with community groups.
What training is available to the Talbot County Community?
Talbot County Emergency Services offers Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) several times a year. This training is directed toward the public lay person who at the completion of the program will be better prepared to take care of themselves, their families, and neighbors in the event of a disaster. (Link back to the CERT description on the Emergency Management Tab)
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