Definition of an Emergency
The simple dictionary definition of an emergency is “a sudden unforeseen crisis that requires immediate action.” In the Office of Emergency Management, an emergency is considered any event that occurs within which there is a need to take immediate action to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs.
OEM’s Role in Response
In the majority of events, the first responders on scene initially are fully capable of taking action to resolve the emergency. There are times, however, when and event will grow to the point where further assistance is needed from a coordinating entity, such as the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. It is at these times that Pima County’s Emergency Operations Center is brought online and Emergency Management staff is called in to perform a number of duties swiftly and effectively.
These duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Significant incidents require a coordinated response across agencies and jurisdictions, political boundaries, sectors of society, organizations, etc. This is the role of the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Pima County works closely with all of the jurisdictions within its borders to ensure that plans are consistent and organized.
Below you will find information on some of the programs that the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security supports during response efforts. Some or all of these programs may be brought forward as response resources, depending on the nature of the emergency.