Emergency Planning and Response (ADEM)

APA Arkansas Chapter

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Thursday, September 5, 2013
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CDT

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Overview

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is a combination of local, state and federal governments working in partnership with local businesses to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards that affect a jurisdiction. ADEM stresses the importance of Preparedness. ADEM is unlike other agencies. We are a 24-7, 365 days a year operation. We work with local emergency managers in the 75 counties plus the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. We are a highly proactive agency. We exercise monthly, so when the State’s Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is activated after a disaster, we respond and do the jobs we are trained to do. Since 2008, there have been 14 federally declared emergencies. ADEM’s planning division, plus the local OEMs mentioned above are available to assist your cities in preparing to keep your citizens safe. We can’t always predict when disaster will strike but we can take measures before hand to lessen the impact and help protect our lives and families. Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. Therefore we must be prepared for self-sustainability until help arrives. We recommend the following: • A community working together during an emergency makes sense. • Determine and practice the best escape routes from your home. • Select a place for the family to meet after a disaster. • Learn the emergency preparedness plan for your workplace and your children’s schools. • Keep a three-day supply of water per person in your home ( minimum of one gallon per person per day) • Keep a disaster supply kit in your home and vehicles

Speakers

Tina Owens

Confirmed Speaker

Tina Owens is the Deputy Director for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM). She began her career in emergency management in 1996 as the administrative assistant to the Plans & Operations Division. Tina advanced to a Planning Specialist position in 1999 and the Preparedness Division Director in 2006; within those positions she assisted in updating the State and County Emergency Operations Plans in coordination with state agency ... Read More