The primary mission of Harnett County Emergency Management is to prevent injuries, save lives, and reduce property damage through the all-hazards, four phase approach of emergency management:
The Emergency Management structure that exists today in the United States has its origins in the civil defense efforts that began after World War II in response to the possibility of a nuclear attack. In the 1960's the field of emergency management began expanding, and by the 1980's the focus had widened to the multi-hazard approach that prevails today. In 2001, in repsonse to the September 11th terrorist attacks, the field of emergency management expanded its scope to encompass terrorism readiness and response. Today, Harnett County Emergency Management encompasses a wide range of disciplines in preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Harnett EM currently employs the most state-of-the-art equipment keep Harnett County residents and visitors safe, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with both zoom and Forward Looking Infrared capabilities. We are here to serve you in your time of need!
Still confused? Watch this short video by the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team to better explain what emergency managers do!