Emergency Management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters.

Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or man - made disasters.

Emergency Management is:
COMPREHENSIVE - Emergency Management Professionals consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters.
PROGRESSIVE - Emergency Management Professionals anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster - resistant and disaster - resilient communities
RISK - DRIVEN - Emergency Management Professionals use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources
INTEGRATED - Emergency Management Professionals ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community
COLLABORATIVE - Emergency Management Professionals create and sustain broad and sincere relation­ships among
individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication
COORDINATED - Emergency Management Professionals synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose
FLEXIBLE - Emergency Management Professionals use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges
PROFESSIONAL - Emergency Management Professionals value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and con­tinuous improvement