Emergency preparedness for Georgetown
Georgetown’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security was created in 2016 to develop and maintain a Comprehensive Emergency Management Program for the city, in conjunction with other disaster relief organizations at the local, state, and federal levels. Chad Berg, Emergency Management Coordinator, recently shared with the View some information about the city’s emergency preparation plans.
Agency Coordination: The office is tasked with creating a comprehensive emergency management system for the city of Georgetown, including the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. All city departments and divisions have a function in emergency management. The roles and responsibilities of city staff span the four phases and involve 15 emergency support functions utilized in emergency management operations.
Citizen Corps Council: At the same time, the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is adopting a national program called Citizen Corps that will encourage the community to become involved by supporting the city during large scale emergencies and disasters. The focus of the program is to educate individual citizens and organizations about natural disasters, terrorist activities, and more, and to train them to assist in such circumstances. (Learn more about Citizen Corps at www.ready.gov.)
Training: The Georgetown Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security plans to train as many individuals as possible who are interested in preparing themselves and their neighbors for future emergencies or disasters. Training will take place over the next two years through classes offered to all local companies, volunteer organizations, homeowners associations, and other neighborhood organizations.
Areas of Support: An open meeting to gauge public interest was held in December. In the new year, the city will begin a public education program to train citizens and local organizations to participate in four areas:
- Community Emergency Response Team: basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
- Medical Reserve Corps: citizens with medical backgrounds to help in disaster medical operations.
- Fire Corps: citizens to assist the fire department
- Volunteers in Police Service: citizens to assist the police department
The new website at www.Ready.Georgetown.org should be up and running in the next few weeks.