What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management is a process. The process consists of; preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency. (Link to the Four Phases of Emergency Management)
Emergency Management is a dynamic process. Planning though critical is not the only component. Training, conducting exercises, testing and maintaining equipment and coordinating activities with our community’s stakeholders are other important functions.
Chapters 30 of the Blaine City Code of Ordinances and Minnesota State Statute Chapter 12, Section 12.25 establish the authorities and responsibilities of the Blaine Emergency Management Program. (Links to Blaine City Ordinance 30 and MSS. Chapter 12, Section 12.25)
What does Blaine Emergency Management do?
Blaine Emergency Management is charged with coordinating the emergency preparedness and homeland security efforts for the City of Blaine. In addition to writing emergency operation plans (Link to Blaine EM Operation Plan), maintaining outdoor warning systems and conducting public education, we provide assistance to local jurisdictions and county agencies before, during and after disasters strike. Emergency Management works closely with county, state, and federal officials, and cooperatively with neighboring jurisdictions, to enhance homeland security and better prepare for and respond to incidents ranging from tornadoes to terrorism.
Emergency Management also involves working with all aspects of public safety - from the federal level to individual citizens - to ensure the most comprehensive and coordinated approach to the protection of public safety. The division works with multiple agencies and jurisdictions to coordinate information, training and equipment needed for protecting the city, county, state and the nation from acts of terrorism. In the unfortunate event that such an act is perpetrated upon us, Emergency Management staff will work with these agencies and jurisdictions to meet the problem quickly, mitigate its effect, inform the public, and reduce the chances that such an event can happen again.