OVERVIEW AND MISSION
The City of Eastvale is committed to ensuring our community is prepared to face any natural or man-made disaster. With our growing population in Southern California, potential damage from earthquakes, fires, floods, acts of terrorism and other disasters increase drastically.
Protecting Eastvale is a top priority which requires collaboration between the community, elected and appointed officials, City staff and allied agencies. Through these partnerships, we can strive for a prompt and effective response when an emergency or disaster arises.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has adopted 4 Phases of Emergency Management that help to frame local programs to which we can continue to promote community safety and resiliency.
THE 4 PHASES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Preparedness Phase: Preparing to handle an emergency
- Includes plans or preparations made to save lives and to help response and rescue operations.
- Evacuation plans and stocking food and water are both examples of preparedness.
- Preparedness activities take place before an emergency occurs.
Mitigation Phase: Preventing future emergencies or minimizing their effects
- Includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies.
- Buying flood and fire insurance for your home is a mitigation activity.
- Mitigation activities take place before and after emergencies.
Response Phase: Responding safely to an emergency
- Includes actions taken to save lives and prevent further property damage in an emergency situation. Response is putting your preparedness plans into action.
- Seeking shelter from a tornado or turning off gas valves in an earthquake are both response activities.
- Response activities take place during an emergency.
Recovery Phase: Recovering from an emergency
- Includes actions taken to return to a normal or an even safer situation following an emergency.
- Recovery includes getting financial assistance to help pay for the repairs.
- Recovery activities take place after an emergency.