Programs whose primary purpose is to ensure the safety of the community by issuing warnings regarding public health hazards or other conditions which may affect the well-being of people in the immediate area; rescuing people who are lost, stranded or the victim of an accident; connecting people whose lives are at risk with appropriate emergency response agencies; supplying safety equipment; and sponsoring educational activities that make the public aware of measures they can take to eliminate safety hazards, prevent accidents and avoid behaviours that place them in peril.
Organizations whose members are emergency management professionals from all levels of government and the private sector who have affiliated for the purpose of advancing the professionalism of the field, promoting mutual interests and supporting policies, procedures and practices that will save lives and protect property and the environment during times of disaster or other emergencies. Emergency management associations offer training and education conferences, provide a forum for discussion and information exchange, offer access to policy research, encourage collaboration and mutual assistance networks, advocate for legislative initiatives and other measures that enhance emergency planning and effectiveness, and provide leadership to ensure that there is an integrated approach to the management of emergency programs and activities during all phases of an emergency (mitigation, preparedness, response, relief and recovery). They may also establish standards for the field, offer certification and accreditation programs, share best practices, provide a resource library and offer other types of support for members.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.