From the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) has been a key player in all emergency management and Homeland security operations.
OEMHS works with city, county, regional, state, and federal government partners, businesses, and non-government organizations to develop all hazards plans for natural disasters and human-caused events. OEMHS serves as a conduit for interagency coordination and provides interoperable communications capabilities to first responders and other key stakeholders during emergency scenarios and special events. The entire spectrum of emergency management operations from preparation to recovery and mitigation is the responsibility of OEMHS.
OEMHS facilitates public outreach by providing training to local volunteers through the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and similar programs. Local businesses with the help of OEMHS can use their required All Hazards Plan exercises as a way to improve emergency preparedness, risk management, and business continuity.
The mission of the Pittsburgh Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the vulnerability of the populace and property of the city to injury and loss resulting from natural or man- disasters; to provide prompt and efficient rescue, care and treatment of persons threatened or victimized by disaster; to provide for rapid and orderly restoration and recovery following disasters; and to effectively educate the public regarding their responsibilities in responding to disasters affecting the city.