IONIA COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT


The Emergency Management Program coordinates and integrates all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

Sgt. William S. Hoskins – Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

Location
Central Dispatch
545 Apple Tree Dr.
Ionia, MI 48846

Phone: 616-527-5619

Fax:    616-522-1368

We serve you by providing information on natural and technological hazards that may affect you, your home or business. We give advice on how to protect yourself, your family and your home or business. We give technical assistance in development of emergency plans for public agencies and private sector. We can provide a guest speaker at your group or organizational meeting, a tour of the County EOC and information on how you can support your community in an emergency or disaster. We can provide information on emergency preparedness training opportunities and emergency volunteer opportunities.


  EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Definition, Vision, Mission, Principles

DEFINITION – Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.

VISION – Emergency management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters.

MISSION– Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to militate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

PRINCIPLES – Emergency Management must be:

  1. COMPREHENSIVE – emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters.
  2. PROGRESSIVE – emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities.
  3. RISK-DRIVEN -emergency managers use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.
  4. INTEGRATED – emergency managers ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.
  5. 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.
  6. COORDINATED – 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.
  7. FLEXIBLE – emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.
  8. PROFESSIONAL – emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement.