Yessica Del Rincon
Power outages, floods, and other unexpected emergencies can bring businesses and organizations to a halt. Depending on the services the organization provides, a disruption has the potential of putting the health and safety of communities in jeopardy. However, planning ahead of time can help businesses and organizations meet the needs of their customers during emergencies.
Interagency response efforts keep communities, including natural habitats and infrastructure, safe during emergencies. In the case of wildfires, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) relies on its internal entities, the Arizona National Guard and the Division of Emergency Management, to work together to provide a strategic response.
The NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament brought fans from across the country to Arizona for sports and entertainment festivities. While college basketball teams played to advance to the championship, emergency management and response teams from local, county, state, and federal levels collaborated to keep travelers, visitors and community members safe.