The Office of Emergency Management's mission is to protect the community from large-scale emergencies and disasters and to
Coordinate and respond to disasters
Coordinate recovery efforts following a disaster
Identify and mitigate potential threats
Prepare plans to deal with various disasters
Community emergency response team (CERT)
Emergency communications (RACES)
Hazardous materials incident response
Planning for emergencies
Preparedness efforts for safety
CERT refers to the Community Emergency Response Team. The team is comprised of residents trained to be better prepared to deal with emergency situations for themselves and their families. CERT members can also give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT is part of a nationwide Citizens Corp program.
RACES refers to Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. Its' mission is to operate and maintain Amateur, Public Safety, and other communication systems, to assist government officials in the protection of life and property during emergencies.