Lake County's Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for coordinating plans, people, and resources to protect our communities.
We encourage collaboration before disasters, find and coordinate resources during disasters, and help communities recover after disasters.
Specific emergency management functions are often grouped into five phases:
Prevention is directed at criminal or terrorist attacks, and includes activities like:
Analyzing hazards and vulnerabilities
Monitoring groups and organizations
Identifying and hardening potential targets
Collaborative planning and investigation
Information synthesis and sharing
Preparedness activities include:
Analyzing hazards and risk
Providing training for residents and responders
Anticipating needs and cataloging resources
Developing emergency plans.
Response is the work that other first-responder agencies do during a disaster. During disasters, the Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) supports first responders by:
Helping agencies follow their emergency plans
Providing information to responders and residents
Locating and coordinating resources for responders
Documenting actions and costs of response work
Compiling damage and impact assessments
Documenting protective and response costs
Identifying unmet needs
Partnering with support organizations
Coordinating with State and Federal disaster agencies
Mitigation is doing things to reduce the impact of disasters and reduce the costs of future disasters in regards to things like property damage, economic loss, physical injury, and loss of life. A simple example of mitigation is the airbag in a car - it won't stop you from having a crash, but it will help protect you from injuries when you do crash. Read more about Principles of Emergency Management (PDF).