Emergency Planning: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Emergency management is involved in the mitigation of emergencies through, planning, preparedness, assisting with response and ultimate recovery from natural and man made emergencies. Emergency service departments are assisted through county planning, training and exercise programs to maintain their readiness. While each response agency has their particular duty objective, they need to be coordinated through incident command when a disaster occurs. Emergency Management provides support to integrate response services and help them plan for emergencies.
With the introduction of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) there will be changes in current plans to reflect the effort of national emergency management agencies to develop response standards in the wake of terrorism events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Standards that provide continuity in communications and response management are now recognized objectives to improve effectiveness in all areas of emergency management relating to terrorism response.
Homeland security is becoming a new standard program title at the national, state and local levels. As a matter of good management and community safety we must identify the threat and address the areas of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery as they relate to terrorism.
The homeland security aspect of emergency management is becoming a part of the emergency management program in the all hazards approach that has always been the foundation of emergency management through the Integrated Emergency Management System.
EPCRA Program (Formerly SARA)
The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) requires that every county have a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to take part in the development of plans for industry that store extremely hazardous substances. As a result of the EPCRA program the State has established response resources to deal with releases of extremely hazardous substances. Those storing hazardous materials in quantities exceeding 10,000 lbs or the threshold reporting quantity must report the material storage. The program results in a greater awareness of these chemicals and better preparation of emergency response agencies to deal with spills and releases of this material.
Medical Services: CPR Training Program
The CPR training program is offered through the county's Emergency Medical Services Council to educate the community in lifesaving CPR practices. The program is provided at cost so the greatest number of people can be trained through the program. This program is provided to students through local school systems and to the general public through classes held at the courthouse. Typically over 2000 people are trained annually through the county program. For more information about this program please contact the CPR Coordinator at the following number: 715-839-4711
Automatic external defibrillator (AED) training is also provided. The defibrillator is used to restart the heart.
Eau Claire County residents receive medical transport services from private and public service providers. The county does not subsidize service, but needs to maintain a high level of service.
The medical director that is hired by the council insures continued effective EMS service through the County EMD program, the CPR program, the Sheriff's EAD program and the first responder program.
Response to a multi-casualty event demonstrates the need to have equipment, training and exercise for EMS providers. The Council provides training, planning and exercise that have helped hospitals with their certification activities.
Tornado Awareness - Finding a Safe Place
Professor James Abernathy describes the best location in homes and businesses to avoid the destructive power of tornados.