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Tri-EPIC Regional Emergency Planning Committee
Core Members: Towns of Brimfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Webster, and Harrington Memorial Hospital
in partnership with: American Red Cross, Central MA EMS Corp., Central Region Homeland Security Council,
MA Emergency Management Agency, MA State Police, Overlook Life Care, Radius Healthcare
Phases of Emergency Management

Phases - Recovery Phases - Mitigation Phases - Response Phases - Preparation

Realizing that disaster do not just suddenly happen one day, and that they have a life cycle, the Tri-EPIC REPC members and partners strive to match the disaster life cycle with a series of phases that include strategies to mitigate the hazards, prepare for and respond to emergencies and to finally recover from their effects. These four phases are not independent, but instead are integrated with each other phase in a continual evolution. The four phases are comprised of various functions and activities, some of which are independent, while others are dependent upon other functions.

MITIGATION - Activities which are designed to either prevent the occurrence of an emergency or minimize the potentially adverse effects of an emergency, including zoning/building code ordinances and enforcement of land use regulations.

PREPAREDNESS - Activities, programs and systems which exist prior to an emergency and are used to support and enhance response to an emergency or disaster. Public education, planning, training, and exercising are among the activities conducted under this phase.

RESPONSE - Activities and programs designed to address the immediate effects of the onset of an emergency or disaster and help to reduce casualties, damage , and to speed recovery. Coordination, Warning, Evacuation, and Mass Care are examples of Response.

RECOVERY - Activities involving restoring systems to normal. Recovery actions are taken to assess damage and return vital life support systems to minimum operating standards; long term recovery may continue for many years.
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