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About the Office of Emergency Management

Emergencies and disasters can strike at any time and without warning. The City of Grapevine Office of Emergency Management exists to help manage the effects of emergencies and disaster events. The office provides support to the community by coordinating our capability to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the various hazards that may threaten Grapevine.

Emergency Management is focused to coordination of efforts between four phases of disaster:

  • Phases of Emergency ManagementPreparedness - actions taken to plan, organize, equip, and train, and exercise to build and sustain response capabilities. It is a continuous process to refine and improve the community’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from disaster.

  • Mitigation - activities that change the nature of a threat, decrease our vulnerability to damage, or reduce our exposure to a hazard. Mitigation activities occur throughout the disaster cycle.

  • Response - actions that are taken during or immediately after a disaster occurs. Response actions include mobilization of emergency services, first responders, and activation of the Emergency Operations Center when necessary.

  • Recovery – activities that continue beyond the initial emergency period. Recovery focuses on restoring critical community functions to normal and managing reconstruction. Rebuilding efforts include mitigation practices to reduce risk for the future.