When disaster strikes, the community is clearly divided into two entities; those who need help and those who can provide help. In its simplest form, Emergency Management is "Helping People Help People!"
Emergency Management is a comprehensive, integrated program of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for emergencies/ disasters (all-hazards) of any kind. No public or private entity is immune to disasters and no single segment of society can meet the complex needs of a major emergency or disaster on its own. As stated so eloquently by John Donne, "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."
Emergency Management is the managerial function charged with creating and managing the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover form threatened or actual natural disaters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.
In March 2007 a working group of emergency management academics and practitioners was convened by FEMA's Emergency Management Institute to consider the principles of emergency management. The working group identified eight principles that emergency management must be:
Comprehensive - emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters.
Progressive - emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities.
Risk-driven - emergency managers use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.
Integrated - emergency managers ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.
Collaborative - emergency managers create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication.
Coordinated - emergency managers synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose.
Flexible - emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.
Professional - emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement.
The Air Force Emergency Management Association (AFEMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Principles of Emergency Management and representing those Air Force professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters. The Air Force Emergency Management Association was founded with five primary interrelated objectives:
1) To promote the well-being and the best interests and to recognize those who are currently and actively serving in or supporting the Air Force Emergency Management career field.
2) To recognize, preserve, and promote the camaraderie and the collegial relationship of all those who formerly served in the functional community of the United States Air Force Emergency Management, CE Readiness, and Disaster Preparedness.
3) To foster communications between its members to maintain the legacy of those that have gone before and recognize and support those serving now.
4) To promote the principles of Emergency Management through
delivery of relevant news and educational programs to the membership.
5) To provide a forum for its members that encourages the sharing of
ideas, accomplishments and suggestions.
Underlying these objectives is the Association's fundamental reason to exist: to enhance the Air Force mission by striving to improve the effectiveness of Air Force Emergency Management programs and the personnel that manage and sustain the US Air Force mission and promote the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters.
Helping People -- Help People!!
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