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Emergency Management is conducted in four stages, namely mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  In some cases, two phases might be concurrently ongoing.

Any sustained action to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects. Mitigation includes: land-use planning, zoning, developing building codes, and creating plans based on known hazards to reduce susceptibility to emergencies and disasters.

A state of readiness to respond to any emergency or disaster. Preparedness includes: planning, training, and disaster drills.

Actions taken to save lives and prevent further damage in a disaster or emergency situation. Response includes: search and rescue, fire fighting, sheltering, and damage assessment.

Actions taken to return the community to pre-disaster or improved conditions. Recovery includes: repairing, replacing, or rebuilding property.

Last updated: 1/11/2012 11:40:49 AM