Disaster Management

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Disaster Management collaborates with County staff, regional and local governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, volunteer groups, community members and Tribal governments to promote disaster preparedness, identify and reduce the risk of hazards, develop emergency response and mitigation plans, coordinate emergency response activities and provide training for all incident personnel.

While working to maximize the safety of the community, and minimize property loss and damage to the environment, we operate in the following areas:

  • Preparedness: A continuous cycle of planning, managing, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, creating, evaluating, monitoring, and improving activities to ensure effective coordination and capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from the effects of natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Mitigation: The effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening or eliminating the impact of disasters through prevention.
  • Response: The coordination and mobilization of life-safety, emergency services and first responders to an impacted disaster area.
  • Recovery: The coordination and mobilization of services to restore, rebuild, and repair the affected area to its pre-disaster state after immediate, life-safety needs are addressed.

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Our staff complete and review emergency preparedness and response plans outlining how the county will prepare for and respond to emergencies establishing a comprehensive, whole-community approach to protect the life, safety and health of the community.

A framework that provides guidance for coordinated preparedness, response, and recovery activities in the county.

THE NHMP helps the county plan for actions that can lessen the impact of natural disasters.

A reference documenting wildfire hazards, prevention and response efforts, and resource- sharing information.

Emergency Operations Center

EOC team members doing an exercise

When activated, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provides a central location from which local government can manage disaster response in the county.

  • Gathers information about the situation
  • Prioritizes the use of limited resources
  • Coordinates with multiple organizations and agencies
  • Provides public alerts, warnings and information
  • Determines recovery priorities
Staff List
Department Staff
Daniel Nibouar
Jamie Poole
Deputy Disaster Manager
Molly Caggiano
Resilience Planner
Brenna Cruz
Operations Coordinator
Jay Wilson
Resilience Coordinator
Aryka Hanto
Administrative Specialist 2
Lauren Underwood
Training & Exercise Coordinator