Although federal and state assistance is sometimes made available, it is really the local governments that bear the majority of the burden when disaster strikes. The citizens of a community will first look to the municipality they live in and their local government organizations to respond to an emergency and aid in the long process of recovery. If a flood, tornado, hurricane, or earthquake affects your citizens, are you ready to respond to their needs?
By the time disaster strikes, it’s already too late to mitigate the damage. This is why careful planning and forethought—along with a regular and practical review of current policies—makes the difference. Do you have actionable plans in place for:
- Identifying and warning residents of an emergency
- Coordinating communication between key individuals, organizations, and officials
- Launching a large-scale emergency response, including personnel and equipment
- Managing overflow at medical facilities
- Evacuating at-risk residents
- Housing displaced residents
- Quickly addressing effects on utilities, transportation, and government services
- Assessing damage and prioritizing recovery needs
- Managing the financial strain of damage and recovery costs
While it’s likely that you already have some plans in place for responding to an adverse event, many municipalities find out too late that their insurance coverage has changed over time, response plans have slowly become outdated, or there are other gaps in their emergency preparedness. Regular review of these plans is essential, and many municipalities benefit from a careful legal review of insurance coverage and response plans.
For more information about what your municipality or government agency can do to strengthen its emergency response and recovery plans, consult with our experienced legal team today. We focus on full-service support for large and complicated claims—before, after, and during an unexpected emergency.
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