Meet the Emergency Management Staff
The concept of Emergency Management can be traced back to the Congressional Act of 1803. this act, generally considered to be the first piece of disaster legislation, provided assistance to a New Hampshire town following an extensive fire. In the century that followed, legislation was passed more than 100 times in response to natural disasters.
In the 1940s, the emphasis began to be placed on civilian defense. At that time, most activities were concentrated at the coastlines of the United States for detection of enemy aircraft and coastal invasion. This chart shows the recommended set up of a local civil defense organization.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the "Cold War" between the United States and Soviet Union provided additional duties and responsibilities. The threat of atomic warfare resulted in the Civil Defense agencies being charged with providing information on surviving an atomic attack.