Second that does not mean that the emergency manager

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Second, that does not mean that the emergency manager lacks a role in mitigation. On the contrary, the emergency manager has crucial roles in mitigation—that of motivator, coordinator, and monitor. We will examine these in more detail. One of your roles in mitigation is to be the conscience of the community in matters related to emergencies. This translates into two major tasks.  You must be alert to the various types of hazards that threaten your community.  You must constantly monitor opportunities to reduce and eliminate the risks from these hazards. You are the person with the broad scope of responsibility to help the community to do all it can to reduce potential harm to people and property. Remember, your job is to translate comprehensive emergency management into meaningful programs for your community. How do you do this? One way you can do this is by motivating others to take mitigation actions and helping coordinate the available government and private-sector resources that can assist in mitigation. We need to look at some of the resources that will help you do this.  Codes and ordinances  Structural measures  Financial measures  Information  Land use planning and mapping  Inspections The Emergency Manager 3-9
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Unit Three: Mitigation Mitigation Tools Codes and Ordinances Laws are a primary tool of mitigation . All the power to mitigate is not going to reside in your local emergency management ordinance. Many other local ordinances authorize others to share the responsibility for mitigation. Codes and regulations are the mechanism for carrying out the intent of these laws. Examples of these follow:  Building and zoning codes  Plumbing and electrical codes  Public health ordinances  Fire and life safety codes  Hazardous materials regulations  Dam inspection regulations  Traffic codes These examples show that many people in the community have responsibility for mitigating hazards. The fire department is responsible for enforcing the fire codes, and the building inspector is responsible for enforcing the local building codes. As the emergency manager, it is your job to work with the various agencies or departments who have direct responsibility for developing and enforcing codes and regulations. 3-10 The Emergency Manager
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Unit Three: Mitigation Case studies and other information are available from state governments and from FEMA’s mitigation staff on how communities have actually reduced their exposure to future losses. Structural Measures In addition to codes and ordinances, there are other tools available to mitigate emergencies . For example, there are several ways that engineering measures affect hazards. Wind- resistant shutters help protect against windows breaking in a severe storm. Stronger transportation containers, built to withstand accidental punctures, help railroad cars and trucks more safely carry hazardous materials.
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