Emergency Management Department (EMD)

With approximately 4 million residents and 400,000 business firms, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) has the enormous task of planning and preparing all City departments, residents and businesses for man-made and natural emergencies, as well as coordinating subsequent response, recovery and mitigation efforts.

Our Department Strategic Plan works to resolve the challenges in emergency management. Our goals are designed to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART).

EMD strives to achieve eight Goals:

1. Serve as the leading City experts in contemporary emergency management strategies and policies.

2. Implement, manage and ensure departmental compliance with City emergency management efforts.

3. Ensure that all department emergency plans are up-to-date, consistent, comprehensive and compliant with state and federal guidelines.

4. Eliminate the current duplication of effort, improve communication and coordination and ensure that City staff has access to all required and suggested training.

5. Ensure that exercises are implemented as appropriate to test and improve capabilities, operational readiness, preparedness, plans and strategies in a risk-free environment.

6. Streamline and update the Emergency Operations Center training requirements, standards and processes.

7. Coordinate and expand community outreach efforts and actively establish and maintain partnerships with community leaders.

8. To improve the management of the Emergency Operations Organization (EOO)'s use of the Emergency Operations Fund (EOF).


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