About Emergency Management
"U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Emergency management must be authorized under state law and meet the following definition. Emergency management is the preparation for and carrying out of all emergency functions, other than military functions, to minimize injury and to repair damage resulting from disasters caused by fire, flood, storm, earthquake or other natural causes, or enemy attack, sabotage, or other hostile action, and to provide support for rescue operations for persons and property in distress. It encompasses all organizations with emergency/disaster functions in a jurisdiction, rather than only one agency or department. This system includes organizations involved in prevention of, mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters or emergencies."
"In Washington Township, both the Division of Police and Division of Emergency Management fall within the Department of Law Enforcement. As such, the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator answers directly to the Director of Law Enforcement, who is the Chief of Police. The Office of Emergency Management is available on a 24/7 basis to the community of Washington Township. In addition, Washington Township has reciprocal "mutual aid" agreements to assist other public and private sector entities during the course of given emergencies."