Division Sections


ADMINISTRATIVE SECTION

This section manages administrative, fiscal and grants staff, budgets, fiscal accounting, personnel, payroll, travel and all other functions that support all facets of our agency.

Grants Management

The State of Nevada, Division of Emergency Management is responsible for applying for federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security. DEM is the State Administrative Agency for the distribution of these funds. This section manges grant funds for pre and post emergency or disaster related projects. These funds support critical recovery initiatives, innovative research and many other programs. These funds provide 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).

MISSION SUPPORT SECTION

This section is responsible for managing emergency management programs that provide for mission support, interoperable communications and response capabilities; ensure assistance is provided to local governments and other state agencies in sustaining emergency management capabilities. The positions within this section manages resources that must satisfy the emergency preparedness mandates and initiatives associated with federal grant programs as well as operational functions of the State Emergency Operations Center.

    Public Alerts and Warnings

    Emergency public information and warning gives a government agency the ability to develop, coordinate, and disseminate information, alerts, warnings, and notifications to the public and incident management responders. Effective communication is a key component to properly managing and responding to incidents of all sizes. Communication includes providing the public with information through verbal, written, or symbolic means.The goal of emergency public information is simple: to protect public health and safety. 

      Public Information and Communication

      The public information and communication is essential and contributes to fulfilling the Division of Emergency Management’s (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. 

      One of the priorities for Public Information Officers (PIO), often referred to as Crisis Communicators 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 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 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. Further, PIOs are often involved in developing public outreach materials, such as handbooks and flyers, web site development and media materials, such as press releases/advisories.

        Emergency Communications Center

        Emergency service is one of the basic priorities of the Amateur Radio Service. ARES is activated before, during and after an emergency. Generally, ARES handles all emergency messages, including those between government emergency management officials. RACES, almost never starts before an emergency and is active only during the emergency and during the immediate aftermath if government emergency management offices need communications support. RACES is normally shut down shortly after the emergency has cleared.

          SEOC Technology

          WebEOC is a secure, Internet-based emergency information management application that provides real-time information sharing of operational details from various government and public safety groups in response to an imminent threat, emergency or disaster.
          WebEOC is maintained by DEM as a means to track and analyze disaster information for better decision making before, during and after incidents. WebEOC is provided to County EMAs to assist with disaster coordination at the local level and to provide incident information to the State level for better communication and coordination of activity.

            PREPAREDNESS SECTION

            This section provides the support, tools and resources to ensure that the division can build, sustain, and improve capabilities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

              Operations

              Operations is responsible for the management of all operations directly applicable to the primary mission. The Operations Section Chief activates and supervises organization elements in accordance with the Incident Action Plan and directs its execution.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 SEOC is activated by the operations chief when local capabilities are overwhelmed or when there is an operational need for the resource.

              Planning

              The Planning section is part of the overall DEM Preparedness Program, which includes the DEM training and exercise programs.

              The Planning section 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 section 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 section 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 planning section is support to the SEOC during activation due to a state emergency. planning 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.

              Logistics

              The logistics section oversees the provision of all the incident's support needs, such as ordering resources and providing facilities, transportation, supplies, equipment. maintenance and fuel, communications and food and medical services for incident. The six equally important functions of the Logistics Section are Communications, Medical, Food, Supply, Facilities, and Ground Support. An incident couldn't be worked if any of these functions didn't exist.

                Recovery and Mitigation

                Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. State, tribal, and local governments engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

                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.

                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.

                Exercise

                This 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. 

                Training

                In support of Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD) 5, 8, and 11, DEM 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).

                Search and Rescue

                Search, and Rescue (SAR) in Nevada is handled at the local level and is the responsibility of the County Sheriff's Office. The local SAR units provide aid to people who may have become lost or are in distress or imminent danger. The general field of search and rescue has most of its members who volunteer their time and skills to their communities. Many SAR teams have specialty units (such as Mounted SAR, Swift-water Rescue, Alpine Rescue, Drone Teams, etc.) to provide specific rescue capabilities for their areas, usually determined by the type of terrain in their response areas. 

                Nevada is a state in which residents and visitors from all over the world come to and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreation. Activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, watersports, and skiing are just a few of the activities Nevada is known for. However, these activities may result in the need to find people who become lost, stuck in the wilderness, or injured. The primary focus of SAR teams is life safety.

                DEM helps promote and assist with SAR activities when requested by the local jurisdiction performing the search with the coordination of resources and requesting assets from other local, state, and federal partners to assist jurisdictions with their search activities. 

                  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.