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A Message from the

Evesham Township Office of Emergency Management

March 1, 2018

The Evesham Township Office of Emergency Management is in the process of updating our Hazard Mitigation Plans. This update is required by the County and State Offices of Emergency Management.  As part of this update, a survey is required of our citizens.

You may be asking “what is Emergency Management?” Emergency Management (or disaster management) is the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies—preparedness, response, and recovery—in order to reduce the harmful effects of all hazards, including disasters.  The Evesham Fire Department is the primary lead of the Evesham OEM, but we partner regularly with other agencies to ensure Evesham Township remains safe in times of emergency, as well as planned events, such as the large Independence Day Celebration.  Thus, Evesham OEM partners with the police, MUA, school district, public works, and other local and county agencies to respond to prepare, respond and recover from local disasters.

 However, the best preparation for an emergency is being prepared in advance of the disaster. This is called hazard mitigation. The Evesham Township All-Hazard Mitigation plan is undergoing a comprehensive review and evaluation, as required every five years by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The plan focuses on natural and human-caused hazards, and how to mitigate the adverse effects of disasters. The revision provides an opportunity to examine changes to mitigation actions, ensure that the plan is in full compliance with applicable federal regulations and state laws, and that goals and objectives remain current.  The purposes of the plan are to protect life, safety and property by reducing the potential for future damages and economic losses. Compliance with mitigation planning and surveys such as this allow us to qualify for grant funding for pre-and-post disasters.

Public comment in the form of a survey is being sought as part of the Evesham Office of Emergency Management mitigation update. The survey is 9 questions and can be completed from your computer or mobile device. Please click the following link and click “DONE” to start the survey (confusing, we know!).

Evesham OEM appreciates your time in completing this survey, ultimately making our community safer.