Emergency management is a branch within Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services charged with creating the framework within which the City can reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Its intention is to promote a safer, less vulnerable community with an emphasis on increasing capacities to cope with hazards and disasters. There are four phases involved:
Mitigation: addresses the causes of a disaster and employs actions aimed at reducing the likelihood it will occur or limit its impact.
Preparedness: actions which seek to protect lives, property, and the environment. These actions consist of plans, procedures and resource development in advance
Response: begins when an event occurs. A response is the timely application of preparedness activities in a role aimed at protecting the population, limiting damage, and stabilizing the incident.
Recovery: begins as the disaster is ending and continues until the community returns back to normal. Immediate goals are often to restore infrastructure within the community, but the overarching goal is the return of the community's quality of life.
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