Emergency management is a comprehensive system to respond to emergencies or disasters impacting our community. The mission of the City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (SAOEM) is to coordinate activities of the City departments responsible for continued operations during disasters, coordinate agreements for the use of resources, communicate with State and Federal agencies, and provide education and training to citizens and municipal employees.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ENCOMPASSES
Actions taken to avoid an incident, or intervening to stop an incident from occurring, in the effort to protect lives and property.
Activities such as planning, training, public education, and outreach to create awareness of potential dangers and increased readiness in our community.
Use of available resources to meet the needs of the community when disaster strikes. Depending on the severity of the disaster, this can include local, county, State, and Federal resources, to include fire and EMS services, public works, and law enforcement.
The long range support of restoring the community to pre-disaster conditions. This phase includes damage assessments to public and private property, as well as social services to assist citizens. The length of the recovery phase depends on the magnitude of the disaster.