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Emergency Management Cycle
Preparedness: Phases of Emregency Management Cycle
Preparedness efforts are put in place before an emergency or disaster strikes.  As an emergency management program we develop emergency plans, provide training to personnel and test plans through disaster exercises.  As members of the community this is the time for you to get informed, make a plan, build a kit and get involved.   

Response:

Response involves the coordination of emergency responders and critical resources to first and foremost save lives and the protect property and the environment. During times of large emergencies and disasters these activities are coordinated through an emergency operations center with guidance established in the City of Avondale Emergency Operations Plan.   

Recovery:
Recovery takes place immediately following the response phase of a disaster when life safety concerns have been addressed and immediate concerns for public safety have been mitigated.  Recovery begins the process of rebuilding the community by replacing damaged roads and bridges, fixing private and public property and working with human service agencies to address the ongoing needs of individuals and families impacted by the event.   

Mitigation:

Mitigation activities are designed to reduce or eliminate the effects of a disaster in the community.  Examples include developing flood control measures by elevating roads, installing culverts and reviewing planning/zoning requirements.  Mitigation efforts sometimes take place long before a disaster strikes as part of a risk analysis for a community, but often are identified immediately following emergency or disaster situations.  These types of projects typically involve long term planning for implementation.