About Us

We provide on-going planning to prevent and prepare for large-scale emergencies in Maricopa County. On a daily basis we:
  • Assist in Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) for Maricopa County and its cities, towns and fire districts.
  • Conduct training, drills and exercises for natural, man-made, and technological threats and hazards. Coordinate off-site planning for the Palo Verde Generating Station (PVGS) in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA).
  • Develop and maintain Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) and Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) for Maricopa County and its cities, towns and fire districts.
  • Develop and maintain the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP), a preventative plan to reduce the risk to people and property.
  • Maintain and test communications and warning systems to ensure rapid and accurate notification of impending emergencies. Provide preparedness information to residents of Maricopa County via public outreach events and social media
  • Coordinate response and recovery activities implementing emergency response plans during and after emergencies.

What is Emergency Management?

Emergency Management is a system of plans designed to handle large-scale emergencies and disasters. Emergency Management is divided into four parts or phases: mitigation (prevention), preparedness, response and recovery. In the event that a disaster does occur, Emergency Management acts to coordinate response personnel and resources to address immediate damage and assists in recovery efforts to return the community back to its pre-disaster state.

Watch "The Essential Emergency Manager" by the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team for a great description of how Emergency Management works.