To evaluate, understand, plan, prepare for, and respond to the unexpected while teaming actively with other City and County departments, volunteer organizations, and the private sector supporting an effective response, mitigating further hazards, and assisting in recovery. This includes educating and informing the community of issues and actions taken on their behalf.
The Victoria Office of Emergency Management will be committed to pro-active planning and preparation in support of emergencies in our community, seeking to establish ourselves as the benchmark by which others like us are judged.
The Victoria Office of Emergency Management will build and maintain the framework upon which our community prepares for, responds to, and recovers from natural or man-made disasters or significant emergencies through the following services.
Setting the standard by actively exploring new ways to prevent or reduce the impact of a disaster, all the while integrating the lessons learned by our experiences and best practices.
Understanding to the best of our ability the hazards that our community may face, and striving to plan and coordinate effectively, focusing on effective employment of all governmental efforts, and the integration of private sector and volunteer organizations seamlessly into the planning process.
Actively coordinating the efforts made immediately before, during, and immediately after an emergency in order to save lives, minimize property damage, and increase the effectiveness of recovery operations.
Developing and implementing short-term actions which are taken to assess the damages and reestablish vital life-support systems, and long-term actions to restore our community to a normal state.