Today’s post is going to focus on what exactly the field of emergency management is, to provide individuals a better idea what emergency management professionals do. The idea of emergency management practices have been around since the early 1800s and have developed into what they are today. A few historical moments in emergency management include:
- A huge fire that devastated a New Hampshire town in 1803, in which Congress passed legislation to offer financial assistance for recovery efforts.
- In 1934, Congress passed The Flood Control Act, which allocated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to delegate higher authority for designing and building flood control projects.
- Throughout the 1950s, civil defense programs began to rise throughout local communities.
- In 2001, terrorism becomes a major focal point and the organizational formation of the Department of Homeland Security begins.
Today, emergency management is the planning, assignment, and coordination of the resources available during the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery phases of natural or man-made emergencies or disasters. The Amarillo Area Office of Emergency Management continually reviews the plans to identify and correct problems, by exercising them to ensure a correct and adequate response and recovery will be made in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Now that you have a better understanding of what emergency management is, come back next week and learn more about the Amarillo Area Office of Emergency Management!
Briana Kracke - Emergency Management Planner