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.
Mitigation – reducing or lessening the effects of disasters through planning, legislation, etc.
Response — implementation of plans, warning systems, specialized equipment and training, etc.
Recovery — process of dealing with the aftermath of disasters
Detection – all measures available to recognize threats including specialized equipment and training
Prevention – deterrence of man-made or intentional acts through training and education, law enforcement efforts, etc.
Preparedness – planning and preparation including Maury County Emergency Operations and Hazard Mitigation Plans and training and education of the public and private sector
Protection – the ability to respond quickly and properly when threats materialize