Emergency Management

About Emergency Management
Douglas county Emergency Management service is the coordination point for planning, preparing, responding, and recovery for both natural and man-caused emergencies within the boundaries of Douglas County, Nevada.

Douglas County Emergency Management services are provided under an inter-local contract with the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts. The consolidation of this critical and state / federally mandated service via the inter-local agreement with East Fork saves an estimated $150,000 per year in taxpayer dollars.

Emergency Planning Committee
Our Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) operates under Douglas County Emergency Management. The LEPC promotes and facilitates the safety of all persons regarding potential exposure to hazardous materials that could be released in the environment due to the storage, transportation, and utilization of hazardous materials in Douglas County. The committee’s mission was expanded in 2011 to include all risks. The LEPC provides a forum to discuss, coordinate and provide information on a broad range of emergencies from severe weather to terrorism.

Douglas County offers several programs which are staffed by volunteers from the community. In the area of Emergency Management, the Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) is perhaps the most important. If you would like a real challenge, you can also apply to become a volunteer firefighter with the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District.

If you have an emergency, please call 911 for assistance.

Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Douglas county Hazard Mitigation Plan has recently undergone an update by Douglas county Emergency Management and other local, state and federal agencies. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288), as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, local governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of emergency and non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects and emergency response. Hazard Mitigation Plans must be updated every five years, hence the reason for the current update effort.

Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Mitigation activities may be implemented prior to, during, or after an incident. Hazard mitigation is most effective when based on an inclusive, comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before a disaster occurs. It is important to understand how much of the community can be affected by specific hazards and what the impacts would be on important community assets. The top five hazards identified in the Douglas county Plan include flooding, earthquakes, wildland fires, drought and severe weather events.

Download the entire updated 2013 Douglas County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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