Identify and assist in the mitigation of natural and human-caused hazards. Develop and maintain plans for major emergencies/disasters that build on and complement the existing operational policies and procedures of local emergency response agencies.
Participate in training that develops and maintains necessary emergency management skills, including conducting exercises to test agency/department emergency response plans and procedures. Provide the direction and coordination to identify and manage the additional resources needed for a major emergency/disaster response.
Gather and disseminate information to the public, media and local government agencies to assist in the preparation, response and recovery from major emergencies/disasters.
Serve as the focal point for coordination and liaison of activities between local, state and federal government in the response to and recovery from major emergencies/disasters.