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Public Agency Preparedness

  • By: Thomas E. Poulin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Comprehensive emergency management is comprised of four phases, which includes mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Public agencies seeking to prepare their organizations for a disaster should engage in activities associated with both the mitigation and preparedness phases of comprehensive emergency management. Doing so is critical for the survivability and viability of the agency. Formal governmental emergency management resources will be primarily focused on the needs of the community-at-large, such as in restoring the infrastructure or sheltering and feeding evacuees, especially during the early recovery period. Public agencies must engage in preparedness if they are to continue their provision of services and help the community recover quickly from the event and rebound from the consequences of a natural or human-made disaster with minimal difficulty.

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