Disaster Preparedness. Community Engagement.
When disaster strikes, will you be prepared?
A disaster resilient community is one that is HometownREADY. Combining disaster preparedness training with a focus on community engagement, the HometownREADY initiative encompasses three core programs that together promote the vision of the office – to become the most disaster resilient community in America.
The CERT program provides citizens with disaster preparedness and response training so that they can serve as a vital resource to their community, providing help to neighbors in the aftermath of a major disaster. Trained CERT volunteers also assist the OEM during both planned events and disaster incidents throughout the year and participate in training and community outreach events that serve to highlight the importance of preparedness.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
How quickly a community recovers from disaster is largely dependent on how quickly businesses within the community are able to return to normal operation. The business resilience program provides the framework for business continuity and response in the event of a disaster. The program also includes the local emergency planning network responsible for tracking hazardous materials within the community and providing training and education on the importance of hazardous material awareness and safety.
The community engagement program is a comprehensive approach to building disaster resiliency via outreach and education efforts. Combining a faith, school and community organization-based focus, children and adults alike are given the opportunity to learn more about disaster preparedness and enhance their awareness of severe weather and its effects. In addition, public education events, initiatives and resources serve to increase awareness of the importance of preparing now for disaster.
We are committed to building our community's disaster resiliency by implementing best practices in emergency management in order to aggressively reduce loss of life, limit damage to property and minimalize harm to the environment.
Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays). A staff member assigned as Duty Officer maintains an on-call, 24/7 status.