Emergency Management2600 LaFranier Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
What IS a Local Emergency??
**A Community Reminder**
- (a) Direct the Emergency Management Coordinator to implement the Emergency Action Guidelines.
- (b) Issue directives as to travel restrictions on county or local roads.
- (c) Relieve county employees of normal duties and temporarily reassign them to other duties.
- (d) Activate mutual aid agreements.
- (e) Direct the overall disaster relief effort, including disaster relief force, in accordance with the Emergency Action Guidelines.
- (f) Notify the public and recommend in-place or evacuation or other protective
- (g) Request a state of disaster or emergency declaration from the Governor as described in Article 6.
- (h) When obtaining normal approvals would result in further injury or damage, the Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners may, until the board convenes, waive procedures and formalities otherwise required pertaining to the following:
- (1) For a period of up to 7 days, send the disaster relief force of the county to the aid of other communities as provided by mutual aid agreements.
- (2) For a period of up to 7 days, appropriate and consider expending contingency funds from county resources as outlined in Article 9 of this document.
- (3) For a period of up to 7 days, make contracts, obtain and distribute equipment, materials, and supplies for disaster purposes.
- (4) Employ temporary workers.
- (5) Purchase and distribute supplies, materials, and equipment.
- (6) Make, amend, or rescind ordinances or rules necessary for emergency management purposes which supplement a rule, order, or directive issued by the Governor or a state agency. Such an ordinance or rule shall be temporary and, upon the Governor's declaration that a state of disaster or state of emergency is terminated, shall no longer be in effect.
The Role of the Local Emergency Program Manager
The local Emergency Program Manager has the day-to-day responsibility of supervising emergency management programs and activities. Most emergencies are handled at the local level, however there may be an occaision where State or Federal assistance is needed. The Emergency Program Manager serves as the local conduit to that assistance. This role entails coordinating all aspects of a jurisdiction’s mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
The Emergency Program Manager:
- Coordinates resources from all sectors before, during, and after an emergency.
- Manages activities relating to mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Ensures that all players of the process:
- Are aware of potential threats to the community.
- Participate in mitigation and prevention activities.
- Plan for emergencies using an all-hazards approach.
- Operate effectively in emergency situations.
- Conduct effective recovery operations after a disaster.
- The Emergency Program Manager coordinates all components of the emergency management system for the community, including:
- Fire and police services.
- Emergency medical programs.
- Volunteers and voluntary organizations.
- Other groups involved in emergency activities.
Other duties of the local Emergency Program Manager might include the following.
- Coordinating the planning process and working cooperatively with organizations and government agencies.
- Advising and informing the Chief Elected Official about emergency management activities.
- Identifying and analyzing the potential effects of hazards that threaten the jurisdiction.
- Taking inventory of personnel and material resources from private sector sources that would be available in an emergency
- Identifying resource deficiencies and working with appropriate officials on measures to resolve them.
- Developing and carrying out public awareness and education programs.
- Establishing a system to alert officials and the public in an emergency.
- Establishing and maintaining networks of expert advisors and damage assessors for all hazards.
- Coordinating a review of all local emergency-related authorities and recommending amendments, when necessary.