Emergency management involves plans, structures and arrangements established to engage the normal endeavors of government, voluntary, and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to respond to the whole spectrum of emergency needs.
The purpose of the Office of Emergency Management of Washington County is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a county we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. The Office of Emergency Management is part of a team that includes federal partners, state, tribal and local officials, the private sector, non-profit and faith-based groups, and the public. The Office of Emergency Management derives our authority from the following federal statutes: •Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, PL 100-707, signed into law November 23, 1988. •The Homeland Security Act of 2002, signed into law on November 25, 2002 (Pub. L. 107-296), in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. •Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA), 109-295, signed into law on October 4, 2006.