Emergency Management DefinitionsEmergency
An emergency is a deviation from planned or expected behavior or course of events which endangers or adversely affects people, property, or the environment.
Emergency management is the process an organization uses to prevent, mitigate, and recover from emergencies. Emergency management is often considered to consist of planning, preparedness, response, and readiness assurance activities.
Emergency planning is the development and preparation of emergency plans and procedures and the identification of necessary personnel and resources to provide an effective response.
Emergency preparedness is the training of personnel, acquisition and maintenance of resources, and the exercising of the plans, procedures, personnel, and resources essential for emergency response.
Emergency response is the implementation of planning and preparedness during an emergency. Implementation includes the decisions, actions, and application of resources used to mitigate the consequences of the emergency. Emergency response also includes recovery from the emergency.
Those whose duties and responsibilities are essential in carrying out critical operations or who have key knowledge, skills, or access to resources necessary to protect other people and/or Lab property. The designation of Essential Personnel is made by the respective department director or group leader, and the list should be reviewed at least quarterly to ensure accuracy. Note that Essential designations may be different for different types of emergencies; more than one list may be appropriate.
Readiness Assurance consists of those evaluation and corrective measures taken to ensure that emergency planning, procedures, and resources are adequate.
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