The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a partnership between Maury County, Tennessee and the City of Columbia, whose responsibility, is to develop plans for dealing with all types of catastrophic emergencies and/or disasters and to coordinate agencies to work together to save lives and property.

There are 7 phases that OEM operates under:


Preparedness — this is a community effort. It starts with the individual and/or family. In the event of an emergency and/or disaster, it generally takes 72 hours for emergency responders to find and account for victims. So with that in mind, OEM asks:

  1. An emergency plan discussion is held with family members;
  2. Learn where to seek shelter from all types of hazards if such a shelter is available;
  3. Identify community warning sytems and evacuation routes;
  4. Practice and/or maintain plan;
  5. Collect and assemble supplies that allows self-reliance for at least 72 hours.

Protection — need info

Mitigation — each county is required by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to have a written hazard mitigation plan. The plan must be approved and in place so that the area hit by the disaster is eligible to receive federal funding for recovery. The purpose of the plan is to save lives, reduce property damage, and decrease the amount of money needed to recover from the disaster. For additional resources, see also

Response — info here

Recovery — info here

Detection — info here

Prevention — info here

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