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Welcome to the City of DuPont Emergency Management!
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The City of DuPont is committed to being as prepared as possible for any emergency that may come our way. We are dedicated to continually evaluating and integrating emergency planning at all aspects of our community. City government, businesses, schools, community groups and community members all play an integral part in any effective emergency management plan. Please join us in our quest!
Goals & Objectives
The goal of emergency planning is to prepare the community for any emergency, be it a natural or human- made disaster. The process of emergency management planning recognizes four phases or areas of focus. These areas are then compiled into a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for the city. This document is regularly updated and amended as the need arises. It will perpetually, be a work in progress. Every citizen and business in the city should be familiar with the city planning efforts and how those plans pertain to them.
The four phases of Emergency Planning:
Mitigation efforts focus on prevention. It is a process where risks are identified, evaluated, and long term measures for reducing or eliminating risks are implemented. The higher the risk is to the population, the more urgent that specific vulnerability is targeted.
Mitigation measures can be structural or non structural. They may include such things as seismic retrofitting, land use evaluation, or proper insurance. Mitigation is the most cost effective method for reducing the impact of hazards.
A prepared community has the ability to navigate a disaster situation in a more safe and organized fashion. Common preparedness planning includes family disaster planning, current Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans, proper training of citizens, city staff, and emergency services, among numerous other activities.
The response phase includes the rapid mobilization of emergency responders and services to the disaster area. Volunteers and others may also be effectively utilized during the response phase of a disaster.
The mission of the response phase is to attend to the basic needs of the population. Search and rescue, first aid, and safe shelter of all citizens will be the primary goal. Effective mitigation strategies, careful preparation, and adequate training may significantly lessen the impact of response needs on a potentially overwhelmed response system.
The Emergency Operations Center serves as the command and control of the response efforts. It assures an organized and coordinated effort for maximum effectiveness.
Recovery efforts are addressed after the immediate needs of the response phase have been met. Recovery efforts are concerned with returning "functionality" to the community. It may involve repair of essential infrastructure, debris removal, rebuilding property, or helping businesses reopen. Recovery may take from days to years depending on the scope of the disaster.
Mitigation measures may also be reevaluated or implemented at this time as the "lesson learned" may present the opportunity prevent the incident from happening again.
Emergency Operation Center
The City of DuPont's Emergency Operations Center will generally be operating during an emergency at City Hall. In the event it is not feasible to use the City Hall building, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be in operation at an alternate, central location. If you need emergency assistance during or following a disaster, call 911. In the event 911 cannot be reached, if you need information, or help of a non emergent nature, city elected officials, public safety personnel, or city staff member will direct you to the EOC.
Hazard Mitigation Plan
The City of DuPont, in partnership with Pierce County, has developed an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan. We were excited to be a part of this tremendous opportunity to plan along with other communities in the County. Please log on to Pierce County Department of Emergency Management or click the link below to view the project history and DuPont's Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Family Disaster Plan
Every family should have a disaster plan. Here are some valuable links to information to help you with your planning. When you are done, don't forget to involve everyone and practice, practice, practice.
Be prepared for every emergency!