By FF Scruggs
This week, Madelene Ottilie from KTSM news, interviewed Asst. Chief Rodriguez on the ins and outs of the Office Emergency Management.
The El Paso OEM maintains the City/County Emergency Management Basic Plan and its associated annexes and Continuity of Operation Plans (COOPs) for city and county departments. OEM maintains a training and exercise program to test these plans and regional capabilities. OEM also provides disaster training to the community with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
During large-scale emergencies or disasters, activates the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) during large-scale events/emergencies or disasters where decision-makers from multiple response agencies support response agencies in the field with resources. OEM also provides emergency alerts/notifications with vital information and instructions to the community through media, radio, and landline phones. Citizens and visitors can register to the Emergency Alert System to receive these messages on their cell phone and/or email.
If there is a declared disaster, OEM coordinates to provide the community with critical supplies, damage assessments and assistance with federal reimbursement requirements.