UNCP Emergency Management team works to increase campus preparedness and disaster readiness by continuing to implement best practices and strategies in emergency management.
The measures and activities that take place to prevent an emergency from happening or to reduce the potential damage. Risk analysis provides the necessary data to help establish proper building codes, zoning requirements and barrier construction (ie: flood levees). The goal of implementing a cost-effective mitigation strategy is to minimize the effects of unavoidable catastrophes.
When an emergency or disaster is likely to ensue, preparedness is used to plan strategies and procedures prior to a crisis taking place. These strategies are designed to save lives and assist with recovery operations. In the event of an emergency, being prepared with tools, such as having an evacuation strategy or stocking up on food and drink supplies, allows a community to react in a safer and quicker manner. Rigorous planning, organizing, and training is needed to ensure preparation for an emergency.
Once you successfully prepare for an emergency with strategies and procedures, the “response” phase is when those plans are executed. The response phase takes place during an emergency and includes operations such as evacuating threatened areas, opening shelters, search and rescue, or firefighting. The goal of response teams is to limit the loss of life and prevent any further property damage.
The “Recovery” phase of the four phases of emergency management happens after an emergency or disaster and is designed to help a community return to safe and normal conditions. Recovery actions include debris cleanup, rebuilding of roads or bridges and financial assistance from the government. This is when brave and selfless individuals band together to help one another restore their community to it’s customary state.