Public Private Partnerships
Eden Township EMA aims to foster a “whole community” approach to emergency management. Eden Township EMA recognizes that it takes all aspects of a community, not just governmental organizations, to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against any disaster. As a broad spectrum of partners work alongside Eden Township EMA, the disaster resilience of our community will be strengthened. Here are some important definitions:
Emergency management refers to the coordination and management of resources and responsibilities pertaining to the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from an emergency. This includes the gathering, management, and analysis of big data for the purpose of integrating a data-driven approach into each phase of the emergency management cycle.
Preparedness involves actions and initiatives developed prior to an incident that are designed to improve the response to, recovery from, and mitigation of future incidents. Public-private partnerships can support preparedness by conducting risk assessments together, doing response planning, conducting training and exercises together that simulate real incidents, and educating the public about disaster preparedness.
Protection involves actions to reduce the vulnerability of critical infrastructure or key resources in order to deter, mitigate, or neutralize terrorist attacks and other emergencies. Public-private partnerships can engage in many protection activities. Examples include continuity of government and operations planning, expansion of security-related information sharing, and sharing information on vulnerabilities related to critical facilities and systems.
Response includes immediate actions to save lives, protect property, and meet basic human needs. Public-private partnerships can support response activities by providing needed resources such as supplies, volunteers, and shelter.
Recovery from an incident involves the repair of damages, return to normal activities, and attempted recovery of losses. Public-private partnerships can support recovery by engaging in activities such as providing housing, promoting restoration, helping businesses reopen their doors, and identifying lessons learned from an incident.
Mitigation refers to actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects. Supporting retrofitting of buildings and educating the public about mitigation techniques are just a few of the activities public-private partnerships can engage in to support this component of emergency management.