Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
What is emergency management and what does
emergency management do for Lake County?
The following four categories are the four
phases that are considered to make up the Emergency Management
field. While these four phases are what the national standards are
based on, it’s important to note that each community's emergency
management program will differ. While the core functions do not
change, each program is what the community makes of it.
Mitigation is process of identifying what
hazards exist, and out of those what hazard impacts can be
minimized or eliminated. For example, if you have a road that
washed out every year from spring runoff, you would minimize the
impact to that road by reinforcing it or relocating it.
In the preparedness phase we are focused
on the incidents that we have identified are a risk to our
community, and that we cannot mitigate, so we prepare for them.
This is the where the bulk of the everyday work is carried out in
In the Response phase, an event has
occurred and the community is now responding to it. Generally
during this phase Emergency Management is providing support to our
The Recovery Phase begins after the emergency response to the
incident is over. This is where we try to get life back to normal
for the community. Emergency Management is the lead agency for
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