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What is Emergency Management

What is Emergency Management?

Emergency management creates the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.The Preparedness Cycle

Mitigation – identify hazards and activities to prevent/lessen the impact of a disaster on lives and property

Preparedness – assist individuals and communities take steps to be ready for a disaster

Response – support and coordinate local agency emergency response activities

Recovery – work to restore public services and return the community to normal

Principles of Emergency Management

Comprehensive: emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters.

Progressive: emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and prepara­tory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities.

Risk-driven: emergency managers use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.

Integrated: emergency managers ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.

Collaborative: emergency managers create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication.

Coordinated: emergency managers synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose.

Flexible: emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.

Professional: emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement.

What Types of Emergencies or Disasters Could Occur in Nebraska

Blizzard or Severe Winter Storms

Tornadoes or Severe Summer Storms


Pipeline Leak

Train Derailment

Hazardous Material Spill or Release

Disease Outbreak


Terrorist Event



What Can I Do To Be Prepared For An Emergency/Disaster

Be Informed – know what types of hazards you face and learn what to do before, during and after and emergency

Make a Plan –  prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies

Build a Kit –  collect supplies and resources you may need during an emergency

Get Involved – help prepare your family, your workplace and your community. Find opportunities to support community preparedness

Things to Remember About Disasters

Local Emergency Management

All disasters start at the local level.

The response is coordinated by local emergency management director.

Local governments may decide to issue a disaster declaration and request assistance from the state.

State Emergency Management

When a local disaster declaration is made because local resources have been overwhelmed, a request may be made for assistance from the  Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

When state resources become overwhelmed, a state disaster may be declared.

Federal Emergency Management

The governor can then submit, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a request for a presidential disaster declaration to help the state recover.

If a presidential disaster is approved, the state is available to receive federal assistance.