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Introduction to Emergency Management

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Emergency management is an organized, four-phase process by which communities:

  • Prepare for hazards that cannot be prevented, or mitigated.
  • Respond to emergencies that occur.
  • Recover from emergencies to restore the community to its pre-emergency condition.
  • Mitigate risks by reducing or eliminating damage and disruption from future disasters.

The degree to which emergency management is effective depends heavily on the emergency planning process.

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