At times, the City of Asheville may be exposed to hazards which have the potential for disrupting the community, causing damage and creating casualties. Natural hazards include hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and severe storms. The city may also face the threat of hazardous material accidents involving the transportation, manufacture and storage of chemicals on the highways and in the city's industrial areas. Potential hazards are also possible related to the quality of the city's drinking water supply when damage to the water distribution system is involved.
To address these potential threats, departments of the City of Asheville prepare for, respond to and perform emergency response functions necessary during times of natural or man-made disasters or in times of national emergencies. These measures typically subscribe to the four phases of emergency management which are:
- Mitigation - Those activities which eliminate or reduce the probability of disaster.
- Preparedness - Those activities which governments, organizations and individuals develop to save lives and minimize damage.
- Response - Those actions to minimize loss of life and property damage and provide emergency assistance.
- Recovery - Those short and long-term activities which restore city operations and help return the community to a normal state.
The City of Asheville and the Asheville Fire Department highly recommend that all citizens take important steps now to prepare for potential severe weather and other emergencies in the future. The change of seasons is a great reminder that we all have personal responsibilities for our own safety and for those depending on us. It is important to make sure you have an emergency supply kit and be prepared for whatever type of disaster that you may face. Time spent planning ahead of an emergency will allow you to remain calm and take appropriate actions should an emergency occur.
Residents are also encouraged to register with the Citizens Alert System so they may be notified in the event of an emergency. For more information, please click on the links to the left.