UNLIKE MOST EMERGENCY RESPONSE, Emergency Management involves preparing for disaster before it occurs. Since effective emergency management relies on the integration of emergency plans at many levels, the Emergency Management Division works closely with trained personnel from local police and sheriff’s agencies and various city, state and federal departments.
When disaster strikes, whether it is a wicked winter storm or massive flooding, the Emergency Management Division has a plan.
Those plans include the mobilization of appropriate emergency services and first responders, such as firefighters, police and emergency medical crews in the disaster area.
To ensure proper training among all of the resources, periodic drills are held with neighboring fire departments and law enforcement.
During a disaster, members of a regional team activate the emergency operations center (EOC) at the East Pierce headquarters station in Bonney Lake. The EOC manages incidents and resources for the residents in the East Pierce Fire and Rescue jurisdiction, including Sumner, Bonney Lake, Lake Tapps, Edgewood, Milton, South Prairie, Wilkeson and the Ridge Communities. The EOC tracks resources, manages responders and moves needed supplies to the affected areas.
By coming together as a larger community, we can better manage a significant incident, providing improved response to the public. Together, we can get a faster, more comprehensive look at the cost and damage assessment in order to request a presidential declaration, improving cost recovery for our citizens.
The functions of the Emergency Operations Center
The Planning Section. These professionals develop a plan and track resources for the immediate response and plans for responses up to 12 hours down the road.
The Operations Section. This section includes police, fire and public works. They manage responders and request additional personnel, if needed.
The Logistics Section. Personnel locate needed materials, such as sand and sand bags, barricades and, depending on the size of the incident, supplies, such as food and water for responders.
The Finance Section tracks the cost of the operation and writes contracts, if needed.
Working together on a unified approach to a large-scale incident, helps to ensure a better coordinated response and contain costs for our citizens.
Pierce County ALERT
Pierce County ALERT is a free service that allows you to sign up and receive notifications about emergencies that may affect the locations you care about. This service allows fire, police and other agencies dealing with emergency response to send out accurate and up-to-date information that they feel residents should be informed on.Receive alerts on up to 10 different devices such as your cell phone, home phone, email, text messages and more. Choose up to five locations you want to be notified about such as your residence, workplace, children’s school and more.
Sign up online or call (253) 798-6595.