What we do

The West Erie County Emergency Management Agency’s mission is to provide joint and cooperative public emergency services (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery), through preparing and maintaining emergency plans - Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and functional annexes and establishing an emergency operations center (EOC) to better prepare for, respond to, mitigate against, and recover from local disasters or emergencies. WECEMA also operates a crisis communication center; housed in the old West County 911/PSAP room. HAM radio operators have access to many different communication means within the radio room from HAM, CB, Digital platforms, and the new Erie County public safety radio system.

Mitigation: Includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies

Preparedness: Includes plans or preparations made to save lives and to help response and rescue operations.

Response: Includes actions taken to save lives and prevent further property damage in an emergency situation. Response is putting preparedness plans into action.

Recovery: Includes actions taken to return to a normal or even safer situation following an emergency.

The phases of emergency management