Emergency Preparedness and Workplace Violence

The Emergency Preparedness and Workplace Violence Section is responsible for writing, reviewing and revising departmental policies and procedures related to emergency preparedness and disaster planning and response. This includes the oversight of department emergency preparedness with mitigation planning, monitoring training programs and evaluating emergency exercises at worksites to prepare all staff to respond to emergencies efficiently and effectively.

This section also serves as the liaison to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), which includes responding to SEMA when an emergency dictates activation. The coordinator represents the department in SEMA-sponsored committees and training sessions and in statewide emergency exercises.

The Emergency Preparedness and Workplace Violence Section coordinates the Department Workplace Violence Program, including development and review of department procedures for program management and Peer Action Care Teams (PACT). Additional responsibilities include: developing, revising and coordinating training for PACT members (peer responders); mobilizing PACT when appropriate; receiving and responding to calls regarding workplace violence and critical incidents; assisting with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) referrals; and critical incident stress debriefing at worksites.