Emergency management is the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies—preparedness, response, and recovery—in order to reduce the harmful effects of all hazards, including disasters. Often interchanged with disaster management, it is not be confused with it. The World Health Organization defines an emergency as the state in which normal procedures are interrupted, and immediate measures need to be taken to prevent that state turning into a disaster. Thus, emergency management is crucial to avoid the disruption transforming into a disaster, which is harder to recover from.
It’s impossible to control the weather and stop catastrophes from happening. However, we can help educate families and communities on the vital steps for emergency preparedness so that everyone can minimize risks and be aware of the safe routes should an emergency take place.
Check out this easy to read Emergency Prep Guide, offering fundamental steps and tips for preparing and surviving an emergency at home.
IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911 OR YOUR LOCAL
EMERGENCY NUMBER IMMEDIATELY.
An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. Examples include:
• A fire
• A crime, especially if in progress
• A car crash, especially if someone is injured
• A medical emergency, especially symptoms that require immediate medical attention
IMPORTANT: If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help.