What is Emergency Management?

Emergency Management is a system of plans designed to handle, or manage, large-scale emergencies and disasters including  natural, technological or man-made disasters. Emergency Management is divided into four parts or phases: mitigation (prevention), preparedness, response and recovery. In the event that a disaster does occur, Emergency Management acts to coordinate response personnel and resources to address immediate damage and assists in recovery efforts to return the community back to its pre-disaster state.

Watch "The Essential Emergency Manager" by the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team for a great description of how Emergency Management works.