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DEFINITION, VISION, MISSION, PRINCIPLES


DEFINITION

Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.

VISION

Emergency management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters.

MISSION

Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

PRINCIPLES

Emergency Management must be:

1. COMPREHENSIVE 
Emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters.

2. PROGRESSIVE 
Emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities.

3. RISK-DRIVEN 
Emergency managers use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.

4. INTEGRATED 
Emergency managers ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.

5. COLLABORATIVE 
Emergency managers create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication.

6. COORDINATED 
Emergency managers synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose.

7. FLEXIBLE 
Emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.

8. PROFESSIONAL 
Emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship, and continuous improvement.