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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is a function of the City of Charlotte and County of Mecklenburg, assigned to the Charlotte Fire Department for day-to-day supervision. The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for planning, orchestrating, and coordinating the community's resources and efforts in preparation for, response to, and recovery from, natural and man-made disasters. The Office of Emergency Management serves as an advisory and coordination entity to ensure that all parts of the emergency response and recovery processes operate towards a common goal and a common operating picture.

The Office of Emergency Management is staffed with a Director, a Hazardous Materials Coordinator, two Emergency Management Planners, a Financial/Grant Officer, and a Special Operations Coordination Officer.

The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for performing technical work in the development, implementation, and management of countywide disaster response, recovery, mitigation, risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness. Emergency Management is responsible for maintaining the County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP), Uptown Evacuation Plan and other plans that prepare the City and County for hazards of all types.  This task is accomplished through a partnership built on a platform of cooperation and coordination with various local governments, non-profit agencies, private sector companies, and faith based organizations.

The emergency management team manages and coordinates the county's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC fuctions as the strategic overview, or "big picture", of a disaster and does not directly control field assets. The  EOC is responsible for collecting, gathering, and analyzing data; making decisions that protect life and property, maintaining a common operating picture for all partners, maintaining continuity of operations, and disseminating decisions to all concerned stakeholders.

The EOC gathers and processes information to and from county agencies, municipalities, school and special districts, business and industry, volunteer organizations, individuals, and state and federal government agencies. Through the use of a virtual EOC, public and private organizations can communicate with the EOC without relocating from their operational area.

Another responsibility of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is the Fixed Nuclear Facility (FNF) Emergency Preparedness Program.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg works very closely with Duke Energy to maintain the highest level of emergency preparedness for both the McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Power Plants.

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