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Definition, Vision, Mission and Principles

Emergency management refers to the plans, structures and arrangements which are established to bring together the normal activities of government, voluntary and private organisations to address emergency risks to the community.


Emergency Management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with emergencies.


Emergency Management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and emergencies.


Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.


Emergency Management must be:

1. Comprehensive
Consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to emergencies.
2. Progressive
Anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities.
3. Risk-Driven
Use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.
4. Integrated
Ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.
5. Collaborative
Create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organisations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus and facilitate communication.
6. Coordinated
Synchronise the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose.
7. Flexible
Use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.
8. Professional
Value a knowledge based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice and continuous improvement.