Facility Disaster Mitigation

What is an Emergency?

An emergency is any unplanned event that can cause death or significant injuries to employees, customers or the public, or that can shut down your business, disrupt operations, cause physical or environmental damage, or threaten the facility's financial standing or public image.

Potential Emergencies:

Emergency Management

Emergency management is the process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency.

Plan Ahead

Every year emergencies take their toll on business and industry - in lives and dollars. Business and industry can limit injuries and damages and return more quickly to normal operations if they plan ahead.

4 Steps in the Planning Process

Safety Officer Planning Team Flow Chart

safety officer/planning team graphic

Planning Resources

Emergency Management Guide Brochure Cover

Incident Command System

The Incident Command System (ICS) provides a management structure and system for conducting on-site operations. It is applicable to small scale daily operational activities as well as major mobilizations. ICS provides command center and operational staff with a standardized operational structure and common terminology. Because of this, ICS provides a useful and flexible management system that is particularly adaptable to incidents involving multi-jurisdictional or multi-disciplinary responses. ICS provides the flexibility needed to rapidly activate and establish an organizational format around the functions that need to be performed.

Integrating with the Fire Department

Emergency Information for the FD

Emergency Information For You

Evacuation Planning

Emergency Evacuation

In an emergency, all personnel should know:

  1. What is my role?
  2. Where should I go?

Physically Challenged Persons

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a disabled person as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as seeing, hearing, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself or working.

An employee could be temporarily disabled due to injury that may inhibit ability to evacuate.

VITAL: Include impacted persons in the planning process - some may not want help or will indicate the accepted level to which they will agree. DO NOT ASSUME.


Shelter-in-Place is one way to protect yourself. If you are told to Shelter-in-Place, do the following:

How we work...

The Fire Department Way

Components of Emergency Response

About the Interaction

How Does the Interaction Begin?

The Interaction

The Wrap-up/Recovery

Natural Disasters

For Tornados:

Administration and Logistics

Emergency Information

Prepare and Practice

Planning, though critical, is not the only component. Training, conducting drills, testing equipment and coordinating activities with the community are other important functions!

Other Helpful Links

For Further Information Or To Schedule Am Emergency Management & Evacuation Procedures Planning Session:

Call Bill Delaney at 240.777.2448 or email: william.delaney@montgomerycountyMD.gov