|Location / Address
||448 Court Place.
Beulah, MI 49617
– Emergency Management Coordinator
- Maintain Emergency Operations Plan
- Provide Benzie County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan
- Operate the Emergency Operations Center
- Coordinate resources and efforts during response and recovery
The role of Benzie County Emergency Management is to protect
the lives and property of citizens before a disaster strikes through preparedness,
training and mitigation, and to reduce human suffering after a disaster strikes through
prompt and effective coordination of the County's response and recovery efforts utilizing
the expertise and resources of federal, state, local agencies and voluntary relief
The Four Phases in Emergency Management:
1. Mitigation — This is "sustained activities
and measures aimed at eliminating or reducing the long-term risk of property damage
and loss of live from hazards and their effects". This phase includes any activities
that prevent and emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening or reduce
the effects of unavoidable hazards. It can occur before or after an emergency or
disaster. Examples include: zoning and building codes floodplain, buyouts, data analysis
to determine where best to place shelters or temporary housing, educating the public
in ways to reduce loss and injury.
Mitigation can break the cycle of having to rebuild and rebuild again after every
occurrence of floods or hurricanes. Attention to mitigation opportunities can make
safer communities for all of us.
2. Preparedness — Iinvolves establishing authority and
responsibility for emergency actions and having the resources available to support
them. This includes developing written response plans, maintaining facilities and
equipment, installing warning systems, training of staff and equipping the Emergency
Operation Center (EOC) for operation during an emergency. A key element is developing
plans that link the many aspects of a jurisdictions commitment to emergency management.
3. Response — This the action taken to save live and property.
This may include warning, evacuating or sheltering the public, search and rescue,
providing medical treatment, maintaining the law, assessing damage or requesting
help from outside the jurisdiction if needed.
4. Recovery — This is the effort to restore the infrastructure
and the social and economic life of a community back to normal after the disaster.
Short term it includes bringing power, telephone etc, back into service, ensuring
social needs of individuals and the community are met. Long-term goals are restoring
economic activity and rebuilding community facilities and housing.
Public Safety Information Line: (231) 882-0567
The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
Founded in 1952, this is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) communications
group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need. During periods of
RACES activation, certified unpaid personnel are called upon to perform many tasks
for the government agencies they serve. Although the exact nature of each activation
will be different, the common thread is communications.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the regulation of
RACES operations. RACES is administrated by a local, county, or state civil defense
agency responsible for disaster services. This civil defense agency is typically
an emergency services or emergency management organization, sometimes within another
agency such as police or fire. RACES is a function of the agency's Auxiliary Communications
Service (ACS), sometimes known as DCS (Disaster Communications Service), ECS (Emergency
Communications Service), ARPSC (Amateur Radio Public Service Corps), etc.
RACES Meetings are 9:00 am on the last Saturday of each month at the Hungry Tummy
Restaurant in Beulah.
What Is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)?
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides
a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels
of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly
to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of
incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce
the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. NIMS works hand in hand
with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management
of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level
policy for incident management.
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