Emergency management is the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all aspects of emergencies, particularly preparedness, response and rehabilitation. The primary components of our emergency management efforts are establishing partnerships with local, regional, and state stakeholders to ensure proactive steps are being taken to mitigate emergencies and planning and preparation efforts for response and recovery operations. Emergency Management is a division of the Red Oak Fire Department.
According to Section 418.1015 (a) of the Texas Government Code, the mayor is the director of emergency management. The mayor serves as the governor's designated agent in the administration and supervision of duties defined in Chapter 418 of the Government Code; may exercise the powers granted to the governor under Chapter 418 on an appropriate local scale; and, has the authority to declare a local state of disaster. As provided by Section 418.1015 (c), the mayor has designated the fire chief to serve as emergency management coordinator to assist the mayor by developing the emergency management plan for the City and implementing that plan in response to a potential or actual emergency.
Included in Emergency Management
The Emergency Plan will continue to serve as the focal point for emergency response operations and preparedness. Red Oak currently has a state-approved Emergency Management Plan at the Intermediate level.
Emergency Operations Center
The City’s Emergency Operations Center is the information hub. The EOC team - fire department, police department, public works, and public information officer - man the EOC. Other City departments are kept on alert to provide needed services if disaster does strike. Types of situations that may require activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and implementation of the Emergency Operations Plan include:
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