The Laurens County’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) provides leadership and assistance in an effort to reduce the loss of life and property within Laurens County. This Department of Laurens County is responsible for planning, integrating and implementing all emergency management related activities dealing with man-made and natural hazards for Laurens County.
The phases of Emergency Management include the following:
• Mitigation - efforts to reduce hazards or their impacts
• Preparedness - efforts to prepare for a likely hazard
• Response - actions taken to respond to an emergency or disaster
• Recovery - actions taken to restore the community to pre-disaster condition
Laurens County EMD Officer is on call twenty four (24) hours a day to provide assistance to fire, police and medical agencies that respond to emergencies throughout Laurens County. As well as available to make presentations to civic and business groups on emergency preparedness topics.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires for states and local governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects.
Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. State and local governments engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify natural hazards that impact them, identify strategies and activities to reduce any losses from those hazards, and establish a coordinated approach to implementing the plan, taking advantage of a wide range of resources. Mitigation plans are key to state, tribal, and local governments’ efforts to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.
Linked below is the proposed Laurens County Mitigation Plan for 2015. It is still being reviewed and updates are pending.
View/Download the Laurens County Hazard Mitigation Plan.