Emergency management is necessary regardless of city or county location, because natural disasters and emergencies will happen. Sometimes the emergencies are from natural causes like flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, or tornadoes. Other urgent situations in need of emergency management include local building fires, medical emergencies, or events requiring police response. A well-run city is prepared for the impact on the community and surrounding land in any of these situations.
The most vital role of the local government in disaster response activities is providing the initial emergency response through the various municipal emergency services. Each town should have a city emergency management plan in place. County emergency management coordinates with local community organizations for fast relief response and requests assistance from the state.
Another role of the local government in emergency management is control of all materials used in disaster response activities and recovery efforts. All municipal emergency preparedness supplies for the community work through city and county relief efforts. As such, police, firefighters, and municipal emergency management should be prepared to keep their communities safe with different types of emergency equipment.