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National Hurricane Center

Welcome to the Washington County Emergency Management website.

Emergency Management has a four principal approach to emergency situations:

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PREPAREDNESS

The Washington County Emergency Management Agency works with other local agencies to develop plans for natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes, and man-made disasters, such as hazardous material spills, plane crashes and terrorism. We offer training and education programs to our emergency personnel in support of emergency planning. Exercises with government officials and local emergency responders are conducted to ensure that proposed plans work. Exercises with other North Carolina counties and the NC Division of Emergency Management are also conducted to ensure proper procedures for coordination are in place.

RESPONSE

The Washington County Emergency Management Agency works together with other agencies including: NC Division of Emergency Management, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Local Law Enforcement Agencies, Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services, The American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army to quickly assist our community in the event of a disaster. In the event of an emergency in a centralized location you may see our Mobile Command Post which is equipped with radios, telephones and other necessary equipment so that our emergency responders can more effectively manage the incident. In the event of a county wide emergency we activate our local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) so that all agencies can coordinate together for a more effective response.

RECOVERY

Recovery activities involve assisting the affected area and its citizens to return life to normal or near-normal conditions following a disaster, as quickly as possible. Should our community experience a disaster such as a hurricane that has resulted in wide spread devastation you could expect to see state and federal agencies assisting our local agencies, such as FEMA, National Guard, etc. Local, state and federal agencies will work together to provide restoration services to you and your family.

MITIGATION

Mitigation is the combined effort of local, state and federal governments which reduces or eliminates the problems associated with disasters. This includes measures such as building codes, land use management, flood insurance, public education, and statutes and ordinates. Effective management of an emergency requires teamwork. When all resources are linked through planning, direction, coordination and clearly defined functions we are all the more effective in our endeavor. Together, as a team, we are dedicated to strengthening our capabilities so that we may better respond to the need of our citizens.

 

Effective management of an emergency requires teamwork. When all resources are linked through planning, direction, coordination and clearly defined functions we are all the more effective in our endeavor. Together, as a team, we are dedicated to strengthening our capabilities so that we may better respond to the need of our citizens.