Division Sections


Administrative Section

Our administrative/fiscal staff handles, budgets, fiscal accounting, personnel, payroll, travel and all other functions that support all facets of our agency.

Grants Management Section

The State of Nevada, Division of Emergency Management is responsible for applying for federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security. We are the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for the distribution of these funds. This provides funding for equipment, planning, training, exercise, and management and administrative funding to emergency prevention, preparedness and response personnel in Nevada. These grants also provide funding to local governments for our critical infrastructure. This is defined as food and water systems, agriculture, health systems and emergency services, information and telecommunications, banking and finance, energy (electrical, gas and oil, dams), transportation (air, road, railways).

Preparedness Section

    Operation Branch

      The most effective way to exercise direction and control under emergency conditions is to provide a single site for key officials—an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) or field location. The EOC provides a central location for authority and the dissemination of official information, and allows for face-to-face coordination among personnel who must direct local support operations. The State of Nevada response functions are conducted in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). In the SEOC, representatives from various agencies coordinate response activities such as public alert and warnings, mobilization of response personnel and the coordination and application of resources. Direction and control of resources are coordinated by the DEM chief and the Operations Chief.

      The State Emergency Operations Center is activated by the Operations Chief when local capabilities are overwhelmed or when there is an operational need for the resource.

      Planning Branch

        The Nevada Division of Emergency Management (DEM) Planning Branch is part of the overall DEM Preparedness Program, which includes the DEM Training and Exercise programs.

        The Planning Branch develops statewide and regional all-hazards plans to support local and tribal jurisdiction emergency and disaster response, including the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (SCEMP) and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Operating Guides.  The DEM Planning Branch also provides “Whole Community” planning expertise to city, county, tribal and state agency emergency management programs that are required to develop all hazards emergency operations plans. 

        DEM Planners provide technical assistance in the development of jurisdiction and agency Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans. COOP plans are used to ensure businesses and local governments are able to provide essential services and functions when the entity is directly impacted by an emergency or disaster. The Planning Branch accepts and maintains emergency plans that are developed from resort casinos, public and private schools and utilities in accordance with the Nevada Revised Statutes. A critical function of the DEM Planning Branch is support to the State Emergency Operations Center during activation due to a state emergency. This branch falls under the SEOC’s incident command structure and maintains the state’s common operating picture, tracks resources, determines statewide resource needs, and develops the state’s Incident Action Plan for the event.

        Training Branch

          In support of Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD) 5, 8, and 11, The Nevada Division of Emergency Management has a formal, documented training program composed of training needs assessment, curriculum, course evaluations, and records of training.

          Emergency personnel receive and maintain training consistent with their current and potential responsibilities. Specialized training related to the threats confronting the jurisdiction is included in the training program.

          Training is regularly scheduled and conducted in conjunction with the overall goals and objectives of the training program. Training is based on the training needs assessment, internal and external requirements and mandates (i.e NIMS) and addresses deficiencies identified in the corrective action process.

          DEM utilizes courses developed from the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) comprised of: FEMA’s National Emergency Training Center/Emergency Management Institute (EMI), Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMIMT), Louisiana State University (LSU), Texas A&M University (TEEX), and the Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site (NTS).

          Exercise Branch

            Exercise section is committed to providing the Nevada emergency management community, emergency response professionals, volunteers, and the private sector with the means to produce quality exercises that improves the preparedness of the State of Nevada, its citizens and resources. This is accomplished through the use of a State-wide exercise program: the Nevada Exercise Program (NEP), which includes standardized policies, processes, products, and assistance in all aspects of exercises. The NEP is an all hazard, multi-discipline, multi-jurisdictional program that utilizes a progressive approach with exercises focused on capabilities prioritized in the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and the State Preparedness Report (SPR) processes.
            Exercises validate capabilities of individuals, teams, organizations and communities to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover from the effects of all emergency/disaster events. In order to successfully accomplish the validation of capabilities exercises need to have consistent processes for development, conduct, and evaluation. The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides this consistency. All exercises conducted in Nevada, utilizing Federal grant funds, are required to adopt the principles and guidance provided in HSEEP.

            Recovery and Mitigation Section

              A disaster or emergency will occur which overwhelms the capabilities of local government to effectively recover. In order for local government to provide a timely and effective recovery effort, assistance from the State may become necessary. This will require short-term and long-term planning which allows for a smooth, efficient and coordinated recovery effort for any size disaster up to and including a Federally Declared disaster. Recovery activities are those necessary to restore services and systems to a state of normalcy. Recovery actions include damage assessment and those necessary to return health and safety systems (e.g., water) and services (e.g., acute health care) to minimum operating standards. Various recovery activities are likely to be long-term and may continue for many years. The hazard mitigation programs purpose to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

              State Public Assistance

                The public assistance program provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations.

                Homeland Security Section

                In 2003 the Nevada Legislature created the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security as a response to the terror attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. As described in Chapter 239C of the Nevada Revised Statues (NRS 239C), the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security is tasked with several responsibilities directed toward making recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature, local governments, private business, and citizens about actions and measures that may be taken to protect the citizens and visitors to this State from potential acts of terrorism and related emergencies.

                Public Information

                The Public Information Officer (PIO) contributes to fulfilling the DEM mission and meeting strategic objectives and program goals. This is accomplished by organizing and implementing public information activities in order to provide the partnering agencies, public, and media with timely and accurate information during an incident and in matters of public interest and to provide a positive organizational image. 

                One of the priorities for the PIO is to educate and prepare residents through relevant, prompt, and authoritative emergency information. Internally communication systems and networks are essential for protecting lives and property in the event of any kind of significant disaster or emergency. The media and the public seek information and guidance during times of natural and manmade disasters and emergencies; therefore, the DEM PIO has an inherent obligation to protect its citizens by disseminating this information. 
                Due to the importance of disseminating information quickly and accurately in times of crisis, DEM has several operational documents outlining policies, procedures and protocol. Dependent on the size of the incident and the division’s activation level, the PIO determines the execution of the appropriate action plan to include the Joint Information Center (JIC). 
                PIOs are often referred to as crisis communicators. They obtain information from various sources, compile the pertinent details in a concise manner and disseminate the specifics to pertinent parties internally and externally. Information is provided on warnings, alerts, shelter, evacuation orders, and the general progress of events. All facts must be reported as accurately as possible and in a timely manner as the incident unfolds. 

                Communication may occur through a number of avenues, including press conferences, phone calls, email, media outlets, and through social media platforms. (Many federal and state agencies provide timely updates and information through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, for example.) Further, external affairs are often involved in developing public outreach materials, such as handbooks and flyers, web site development and media materials, such as press releases/advisories.