The Emergency Management Department, formally the Civil Preparedness Department, is responsible for ensuring to the best of their ability the safety of the residents of the town of Orange, and continuity of services after a disaster. Both the Emergency Management Director and Deputy Director serve the town on a volunteer basis. Their duties include:
1. Coordinate the Town's response to all emergency conditions and potential incidents which would require a multi-agency response, including but not limited to sever weather, threats from natural hazards and disasters, power and other service outages, explosions, acts of terrorism and other emergency conditions and incidents which affect public health and safety.
2. Monitor potential emergency conditions and potential incidents which may require a multi-agency response.
3. Coordinate and implement training programs for public safety and health, including emergency response drills, to prepare for emergency conditions and potential incidents that may require a multi-agency response.
4. Prepare plans for responding to emergency conditions and potential incidents, including but not limited to the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) for the implementation of emergency orders as may approved by the Town's Chief Executive to protect public safety and facilitate the rapid response and mobilization of agencies and resources.
5. Make recommendations to the Town's CEO concerning the town's emergency response capabilities and the Town's capacity to address potential emergency conditions and incidents.
6. Increase public awareness as to the appropriate responses by members of the public to emergency conditions and potential incidents to increase the population's level of preparedness and the town's overall resilience in times of emergency.
7. Operate an emergency operations center (EOC) to assist the town in managing emergency conditions and potential incidents that may require a multi-agency response.
8. Hold regular and frequent meetings of the Emergency Management Advisory Council (EMAC) composed of designated representatives from emergency response departments that have a direct or support role in the town's management of emergency conditions and incidents.
9. Acquire funding; federal, state, or otherwise, for emergency management, including but not limited to disaster relief and civil defense, and assist other agencies in obtaining such funding.
10. Coordinate with all town agencies to ensure that all agencies develop and implement emergency response plans consistent with the LEOP.
11. Coordinate with the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) and other governmental bodies to effectuate the purposes of the department.
12. Coordinate and chair the Emergency Management Advisory Council (EMAC).
12. Coordinate recruitment and development of volunteer support of the LEOP, provide support and oversight of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).