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All Hazards Emergency Management:
A Whole Community Approach to Disaster Resiliency
Reducing the loss of life and property
by lessening the impact of disasters
Getting people and
equipment ready to
quickly and
effectively respond
to a disaster before
it happens
Putting a community
back together after a
Saving life and property
during and immediately
after a disaster
Whole Community
To meet existing challenges in the emergency management environment,
government is moving towards a philosophy that builds upon the strengths of public
partners and local communities: an effort FEMA refers to as Whole Community
The focus of Whole Community is to foster development of a community-oriented
model for emergency management that increases the resilience of communities
Resilience refers to the ability to adapt to changing conditions and to withstand and
rapidly recover from disruption due to emergencies
Whole Community Principles
Understand and meet the
actual needs of the whole
Engage all aspects of the
community to define and
address essential life-saving
and sustaining needs
Strengthen community assets,
institutions and social processes
that work well in communities
on a daily basis
Hazard Mitigation and Local Planning
Mechanisms are Joined at the Hip!
Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plans
Climate Change Integration
FEMA Climate Change Adaptation
Policy Statement