Emergency Management

Pinal County
Emergency Management
31 N Pinal Street
Building F
Florence, AZ 85132

520-509-3555
888-431-1311
520-866-6856


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 Department Description

PCOEM—Pinal County Office of Emergency Management directs the continuing development of Pinal’s Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM) system. CEM provides the framework for activities in four distinct phases of an emergency or disaster cycle: (a) mitigation activities, which may lessen the damages and losses caused by various hazards; (b) preparedness activities, such as planning, training and exercises / drills, which enable the state and local governments and private sector to better respond to emergency events; (c) response activities during actual emergencies, such as the issuing of warnings, mobilization of response personnel and equipment, coordination of resources; and (d) recovery activities after an emergency or disaster which assist local governments and individuals to restore public facilities, homes, and businesses. The objective of all CEM system programs, upon the occurrence of natural, technological disasters or other significant emergency conditions in Pinal County, is to: Minimize injury and loss of life, Reduce property damage and economic loss, Restore essential community and public services, and Expedite the recovery of affected communities.
The CEM system provides a structural approach toward reducing the impact of disasters through disaster mitigation programs and the coordination of federal, state and local government agencies to respond to, and recover from disasters through training and emergency response planning.

 Emergency Protocol

When disaster strikes, events follow a predictable course. Local emergency service providers, such as fire service, law enforcement, medical and resource personnel, rush to the scene to provide immediate aid and protection to people and property. Emergency services teams are joined by private and nonprofit organizations, religious and humanitarian groups, who provide emergency relief assistance such as food, shelter, and clothing. Public and private utility company crews restore vital power, transportation and communication lines.
Hours or days may pass, depending on the nature, severity and location of a disaster, before local governments request county, state or federal assistance. Once requested, the response systems of the emergency management community coordinate the involvement of a wide range of agencies, programs and social services.

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