The City of Arlington through the combined efforts of its many departments, and public and private partnerships seeks to enhance the quality of life and protect the citizens of Arlington by providing professional and progressive Emergency Management Services in the event of a catastrophic incident within the City of Arlington. While providing these services, we are committed to personnel safety by promoting and supporting the force that makes this task successful.
Arlington Community Wide Emergency Management will provide emergency management program leadership, continuity, and direction to enable the City of Arlington, Arlington School District, Cascade Hospital, and their partners to respond to, recover from, and mitigate the impacts of natural, man made, or technological disasters upon its people and/or property.
Potential Hazards of Arlington
Arlington is exposed to many hazards, which have the potential for disrupting the community, causing damage and creating casualties. Natural hazards include floods, earthquakes, severe storms, and volcanoes. Arlington also faces the threat of hazardous material accidents involving transportation, manufacture and storage of chemicals on the highways and in the city’s industrial areas.
Addressing the Potential Hazards
To address these potential threats, Emergency Management publishes the City’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The Plan provides the framework upon which the City of Arlington prepares for, responds to and performs its emergency response functions during time of natural or man-made disasters or national emergencies. This plan is currently under revision to become the Arlington Emergency Operations Guide which will encompass a more holistic approach to City Wide Emergency Planning. The plan is based on the four phases of Emergency Management which are:
- Mitigation: Activities which eliminate or reduce the probability of disaster
- Preparedness: Those activities which governments, organization and individuals develop to save lives and minimize damage.
- Response: Actions to minimize loss of life and property damage and provided emergency assistance.
- Recovery: Those short and long term activities which restore services and help return the community to a “normal” state.
Emergency Operations Center
When the City of Arlington faces an emergency and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated, Emergency Management works with appropriate city departments, the Arlington School District, Cascade Hospital as well as various county, state and federal agencies to respond effectively and quickly to provide for the continuity of services to the public.
Training & Exercises
EM plans and holds training and exercises with city departments, the School District, Cascade Hospital, local business, public and private organizations and agencies to develop common operating policy and procedures to assist with City Wide Emergencies.