About Emergency Management
|Room:||001, 233 S. 10th St. Bldg.|
|Office Hours:||8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday|
|Phone:||402-441-7441 or 402-441-7442 (24 hours during emergencies)|
Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management is a joint city-county agency authorized by city ordinance, county resolution, city-county inter-local agreement and state statutes. The agency's offices are located in the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) on the lower level of the 233 S. 10th St. Bldg., Rm. 001.
Emergency Management's primary functions include: planning and preparing for continuity of operations during disasters and declared emergencies; acting as liaison between emergency management agencies and City-County executives; preparing and maintaining the EOC for use at any time; developing and maintaining City-County warning systems; training storm spotters and coordinating storm watch operations; planning and conducting preparedness, response and recovery training exercises; instructing and assisting the general public in disaster preparedness and response planning; assisting schools, hospitals, nursing homes, business and industry in developing and implementing 'all hazards' plans.
After September 11, 2001, Emergency Mangagement has become the main point of contact between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)and local units of government. Federal grants are administered through Emergency Management and awarded to those State and Local government agencies in need. In addition to monitoring and coordinating Homeland Security grant funds, Emergency Management updates and maintains the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) for Lancaster County. This document is on file at the Emergency Operations Center. A generic version is available online for review. Several annexes and classified material has been ommitted from the public version for security reasons.
The National Preparedness Goal identified mission areas within which communities must build and sustain capabilities. Using a Whole Community approach, Emergency Management supports or executes the below mission areas:
- Prevention: The capabilities necessary to avoid, prevent or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. As defined by Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8), the term "prevention" refers to preventing imminent threats.
- Protection: The capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and human-caused or natural disasters.
- Mitigation: The capabilities necessary to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.
- Response: The capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.
- Recovery: The capabilities necessary to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively.
Emergency Management Core Functions Performed during an Emergency:
- Direction, control and coordination.
- Communication and population warning
- Resource Management
- Information collection, analysis and dissemination
- Emergency public information
- Public protection
- Mass care and emergency assistance
- Health and medical services
Emergency Management Program Functions Performed on a Daily Basis:
- Laws and authorities
- Threat and hazard analysis
- Operations and procedures
- Communication and warning
- Direction and control
- Resource management
- Hazard mitigation
- Logistics and facilities
- Exercises, evaluations and corrective actions
- Public education and information
- Finance and administration