President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501 (b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the “Stafford Act). This increases federal support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its role as the lead federal agency for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. As a result of the President’s action, FEMA has been directed to assist state and local governments and other eligible entities with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public. Specific information concerning this declaration can be found here: National Emergency Declaration
Collaborative: Emergency managers create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication.
Comprehensive: Emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders, and all impacts relevant to disasters.
Coordinated: Emergency managers synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose.
Flexible: Emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.
Integrated: Emergency managers ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of a community.
Professional: Emergency managers value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship, and continuous improvement.
Progressive: Emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities.
Risk-Driven: Emergency managers use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.