Welcome to the Division of Emergency Management
The Division of Emergency Management plays a critical role in keeping the citizens of Laurel safe. The office plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery efforts and disseminates information during emergencies and disasters. As a part of its complex activities, the office helps the community by assisting in the coordination of emergency management efforts and providing support to various City Departments.
Each City Department’s response during an emergency is monitored to ensure compliance with policies and statutory responsibilities established by the Mayor and City Council. At the direction of the Mayor or City Administrator, the Emergency Manager is responsible for activating the City’s Emergency Operations Center and coordinating Departmental activities during an emergency within the City of Laurel or surrounding jurisdictions.
The importance of preparing ourselves for disasters is universal. Emergencies can happen anywhere-at home or at work- and everyone must take action to prepare for emergencies in case something unexpected happens.
Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the events of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs.
However, the truth is there’s no one-size-fits-all solutions to being prepared. Everyone must be prepared to be their own “emergency manager.” When disaster strikes, you may have to be able to survive on your own for 72 hours or more without access to power, food, or transportation. You should also think about your own situation and what additional needs you might have.
Click below to learn how YOU can be prepared when disaster strikes.