Definition of Emergency Management
Emergency management is the process of coordinating available resources to deal with emergencies effectively, thereby saving lives, avoiding injury, and minimizing economic loss.
History of Emergency Management
It all started when Congress enacted the Civil Defense Act of 1950, which created the Civil Defense. The Act was amended in 1979 and created the Federal Emergency Management Agency. States likewise enacted laws that provided for disaster planning and response. Title 10 of the Indiana Code created a State Emergency Management Agency and mandates that every jurisdiction within the state will be protected by a local (preferably a county wide) Emergency Management agency.
Emergency Management Agency Responsibilities
Day to day functions of Hamilton County Emergency Management are performed by the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Administrative Assistant, Emergency Management Coordinator/Planner and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Coordinator. The office is located at 18100 Cumberland Road in Noblesville in the Sheriff's Office complex.
Hamilton County Emergency Management assists public safety agencies in all types of disasters including natural (severe storms, tornadoes, floods, etc), technological/man-made (major fires, hazardous materials releases, etc) and national security (enemy attack, terrorism, etc). Hamilton County Ordinance Title 10, Article 14 establishes and defines Hamilton County Emergency Management to provide for all necessary and indispensable powers and procedures reasonably needed to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergency conditions.
Communications - During the White River Cleanup and Atlanta Earth Festival
Damage Assessment after a major incident/disaster
Flood monitoring with computerized device on the Logan Street Bridge
Hazardous Materials Response - Respond to and write reports of HAZMAT incidents
Major Fire Support
Roads and Transportation - Providing information due to road closures (snow/flooding)
Speakers Bureau - Giving presentations about Emergency Management to local groups/organizations
Training - Annual Mock Disaster
Weather Spotter Network
Possible Hazards in Hamilton County
Chemical spills or releases (accidental or intentional)
Severe Thunderstorms with hail and damaging winds
Terrorist Attacks (including school incidents)
The task of disaster management requires a close working partnership among all levels of government (federal, regional, state, county and local) and the private sector (business, industry, voluntary organizations and the general public). Planning is a key component of emergency management. Planning to deal with emergencies occurs at each government level and should take place at the personal or family level as well.