Yessica Del Rincon
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.
Emergencies can have affects that require the response of multiple agencies. During responses, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) works collectively with other agencies, including federal, tribal, state and local governments, to provide emergency management capabilities.