Emergency management is the continuous process by which individuals, groups, and communities manage hazards in an effort to avoid or minimize the impact of disasters resulting from hazards. Actions taken depend in part on perceptions of risk of those exposed. Effective emergency management relies on thorough integration of emergency plans at all levels of government and non-government involvement.
The process of emergency management involves four phases:
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Columbia County is establishing a volunteer register. If you would like to volunteer during times of emergency, please contact Columbia County Emergency Management at 509-382-2518.