The four Cornerstones are the foundation upon which Emergency Management is built. The Cornerstones are applicable to “all hazards” or disasters. Many residents and businesses already prepare for emergencies by using the Cornerstones, perhaps without even realizing it. How about you? Read on to find out how Broward County mitigates, prepares, respond and recovers from disasters, and learn how you can apply the Cornerstones in your emergency preparations.
“Mitigation” responsibilities include activities that may prevent or minimize an emergency in Broward County, reduce the likelihood of occurrence of an emergency, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable hazards.
The County undertakes mitigation responsibilities and takes the necessary precautions prior to an event in order to limit damage and exposure to residents and businesses.
Mitigation activities are undertaken long before an emergency. To illustrate the importance of mitigation, consider the following examples:
- To mitigate a fire in your home or business, you must follow safety standards in selecting building materials, electrical wiring and appliances. But an accident involving a fire could still happen.
- To protect yourself from the costly burden of rebuilding after a fire, you could buy fire insurance.
These actions reduce the danger and damaging effects of a fire, which is also a part of mitigation.
Learn more about what Broward County is doing to mitigate against hazards.
View Approved 2009 Local Mitigation Strategy Plan here.
“Preparedness” refers to the actions that help support and enhance a response to an emergency or disaster in Broward County.
Preparedness activities take place before an emergency occurs. Such prior planning and action can greatly reduce property damage, and save lives. Resident and business owner participation in preparedness efforts is essential.
Preparing for an emergency includes developing plans for what to do, where to go, or who to call for help before an event occurs, which are actions that will improve your chances of successfully dealing with an emergency.
For instance, posting of emergency telephone numbers, holding disaster drills, and installing smoke detectors are all preparedness measures. Employers should communicate preparedness plans to their employees, and encourage their employees to have their own family preparedness plans, and prepare a disaster kit with essential supplies for your family and pets.
Learn what you can do to be prepared for a hurricane.
Learn more about what the State of Florida is doing to help residents be prepared for all emergencies.
“Response” is comprised of those activities that take place at the onset of an emergency or disaster. During this phase, the main goals are to protect and save lives, and limit property damage and loss.
Response activities take place during an emergency, and include putting preparedness plans into action.
Your safety and well-being in an emergency depend on how prepared you are and how you respond to a crisis. By being able to act responsibly and safely, you will be able to protect yourself, your family, your business, your employees, and others around you. By being prepared, you enable County government and emergency responders to focus recovery efforts on those who are unable to help themselves.
As a member of this community, you can play a role in an emergency response. A number of volunteer opportunities exist, including becoming a member of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help your neighbors recover from a major emergency or disaster situation.
Learn about volunteer opportunities.
“Recovery “ activities take place after an emergency and are dependent on how well your preparation plans were made before the emergency.
Emergency Management provides assistance to the community while recovering from an emergency and helping residents and businesses return to a normal life as soon as possible. Important information regarding disaster recovery activities will be provided through the media, such as WIOD – 610 AM Radio, Broward County’s official emergency radio station.
After the emergency and the immediate danger are over, the continued safety of you and your family will depend in large part on your plans to cope with the immediate changes to your life and environment. During the recovery period, prevent a stressful environment for your family, while limiting as many of the financial burdens as possible.
It is during the recovery from an event that you should consider additional ways to mitigate the effects of any future events.
For additional information about a recovery process, visit Florida Emergency Management.
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