The Lebanon County Department of Emergency Services is committed to excellence in Public Safety. We are committed to providing professional, efficient, and reliable service; 24-hours a day, 365-days a year to the public and Lebanon County’s Police, Fire, and EMS.
As a formal responsibility of government in the United States, what we now call emergency management began with efforts to address growing threats of fire and disease in large cities and towns in the 19th century. Government Services were limited to minimal social services, churches, and other non-governmental services. In 1803, American responses to a disaster took a significant turn, beginning a pattern of federal involvement that continues to this day. When a extensive fire swept through Portsmouth, New Hampshire, community and state resources were overwhelmed by the response and recovery effort. Congress responded with the first legislative action making federal resources available to assist state and local governments. This congressional act of 1803 is commonly regarded as the first piece of national disaster legislation.
Federal involvement was required by the threat of nuclear war in the days following World War II. For the next 50 years, these efforts resulted in a system of civil defense. Emergency management is a discipline shaped from these earlier times by response to natural disasters and civil defense programs.
Today the emphasis is on the protection of the civilian population and property from the destructive forces of natural and man-made disasters through a comprehensive program of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Hazard Identification and Planning: conduct hazard identification and vulnerability analyses that identify the hazards presenting the greatest danger to the jurisdiction and the consequences and impact of the occurrence
- Maintenance of the Emergency Partnership: develop and maintain effective relationships with emergency response agencies, as well as, government, private, and voluntary sectors of the community. The objectives of the relationships are to facilitate mutual consultation, exchange information and provide agreements for cooperative action.
- Emergency Response Systems: the development and maintenance of such systems as communications, warning, emergency public information, damage assessment, shelter, resource management, radiological defense and the emergency operations center.
- Coordination: coordinate the response and recovery activities of the departments and organizations involved in emergencies. One role for the emergency management coordinator is to serve as chief of staff to the responsible executive, be it a city manager, mayor, or county executive during a disaster or emergency situation.
- Hazard Mitigation: provide oversight and motivation to departments and agencies to carry out their duties in ways that avoid or minimize potential emergency conditions.
- Regulatory: participate in and contribute to the legislative and regulatory process as it relates to emergency management.
- Information: develop and implement public information and public relations activities.
- Administration: tasks include budget and finance, personnel, programs, supplies and reporting systems.
- Training: identify training needs and develop, participate in, and provide training programs.
- Planning: review and revise operation, recovery, mitigation, and other supporting plans on a regular basis.
- Drills: coordinate drills that test the written plans and procedures of emergency management and supporting agencies that are involved in emergency response and recovery.