Emergency and disaster response

There are typically four phases in an emergency response cycle:

  1. Mitigation: Taking proactive steps to identify, prevent, eliminate and minimize exposure and impact of disasters and/or emergencies.
  2. Preparedness: Taking action to plan and prepare for potential disasters and/or emergencies in the response and recovery phases. This may include, but is not limited to, training exercises among responders, public education, personnel management, and continuity planning.
  3. Response: Taking action to directly respond to the disaster and/or emergency, with the objectives, in order, to limit loss of life, minimize suffering and injury, and reduce property damage.
  4. Recovery: Taking action to repair and restore conditions to acceptable levels, when feasible, after a disaster and/or emergency event. This may include, but is not limited to, return of evacuees, providing psychological support, reopening/resuming of impacted businesses, offer of financial assistance, after-action reviews, and reconstruction.

Northern Health’s environmental public health team collaboratively works with others agencies, departments, and local governments throughout the stages of the emergency response cycle, at varying capacities.

Emergency response cycle resources