The Region is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of hurricane and tropical storm events and man-made disasters. Coastal population is increasing. New developments are currently approved for areas most vulnerable to the effects of major storm events. Growth management policy is spreading development further into the countryside reducing the ability of the land to store stormwater.
Development is currently approved without sufficient mitigation of impacts on existing infrastructure and emergency preparedness planning. Emergency management planning is not fully integrated into the community planning process. Current patterns of development unnecessarily increase the difficulty of post disaster recovery efforts.
Adequate emergency shelter capacity for the Region’s vulnerable population has not been attained. Post-disaster recovery and pre-disaster mitigation strategies have not been fully developed within the Region. Local emergency preparedness agencies are underfunded and their effectiveness is often impacted by multiple or redundant levels of organizational control.
Council provides a host of emergency preparedness services for the public, private and government sectors. This includes but is not limited to the areas of First Responder Training, Hazardous Materials and waste Planning and Site Registration, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Emergency Preparedness Planning and Exercises.
Fundamental Regional Emergency Preparedness Goals and Strategies
- Direct development away from areas most vulnerable to the effects of natural and manmade disasters.
- Better utilize land use, transportation and community planning processes to address vulnerability issues.
- Provide sufficient shelter space for residents of areas susceptible to dangerous flooding and wind affects of hurricanes and other storms.
- Improve the integration of community planning between local governments and emergency management agencies.
- Improve the ability of emergency preparedness entities to achieve rapid post disaster recovery efforts.