Oceana County Michigan

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Oceana County Emergency Management is responsible for the coordination of large scale emergencies in Oceana County. In addition to the writing and coordination of emergency operation plans, Emergency Management provides assistance to local jurisdictions and County agencies before, during, and after disasters strike.

Emergency Management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks, particularly those that have catastrophic consequences for community It is the dynamic process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency. Planning, though critical, is not the only component. Training, conducting drills, testing equipment and coordinating activities with the community are other important functions. Effective emergency management relies on the integration of emergency plans at all levels of government and non-government, including individuals and community organizations.

The Four Stages of Emergency Management

  1. Mitigation – Mitigation is taking action now—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later. It involves analyzing risk, reducing risk, and insuring against risk. Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Mitigation is achieved through regulations, local ordinances, land use and building practices.
  2. Preparedness – Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, managing, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, creating, monitoring, evaluating and improving activities to ensure effective coordination and the enhancement of capabilities of concerned organizations to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, create resources and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.
  3. Response – Response includes the mobilization of the necessary emergency services and first responders. This is driven by the type and kind of emergency and is likely to include a first wave of core emergency services, such as firefighters, police and ambulance crews.  They may be supported by a number of secondary emergency services. A well-rehearsed emergency plan makes rescue and response more efficient.
  4. Recovery – The aim of recovery is to restore the affected area to its previous state. It differs from response in its focus; recovery efforts deal with issues and decisions that must be made after immediate needs are met.  Recovery efforts are primarily concerned with actions that involve rebuilding destroyed property, re-employment, and the repair of essential infrastructure.  Efforts should be made to “build back better,” with a goal to reduce risks inherent in the community and infrastructure.

Contact Emergency Management

Staff

James C. Duram
Emergency Manager
Jack White
Deputy Emergency Manager

County Services Building

844 S. Griswold Street
Suite 300
Hart, MI 49420
Phone: (231) 873-4473

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM for lunch

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Oceana County News

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Posted: August 14th, 2019
The Oceana County Board of Commissioners is seeking one eligible veteran to serve on the County Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
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Gales Pond County Park

Posted: July 31st, 2019
If you would like to experience an aerial view of the park, click here. Mr. Joseph H. Klimovitz of
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Community Leaders Breakfast

Posted: May 21st, 2019
The 2019 Community Leaders Breakfast was held on May 17 at the Shelby Optimists Club located in the Shelby
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Oceana County Contracts with CodeRED to Provide Emergency Notification Services

Posted: April 4th, 2019
(Oceana County, Mich. – April 4, 2019)  Following a thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, Oceana County has
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Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

Oceana County Building
3:00pm - 4:00pm
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Land Bank Meeting

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Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

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