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Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEMP)

OEM focuses its attention on comprehensive emergency management.  OEM provides support in the form of personnel, finances, materials, and processes during four overlaping phases of internal and external disasters and military contingencies:

  • Mitigation - efforts to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters
  • Preparedness - development of resources to manage the impacts of hazardous events
  • Response - activities to stop the disaster or emergency and its effects
  • Recovery - both short and long term restoration of the capabilities impacted by emergencies and disasters.

The Comprehensive Emergency Management Program (CEMP) supports the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the organization to ensure the continuity of patient care, the safety of patients, staff, and resources, and provides for the continuity of hospital operations in the event of a disaster or emergency. 

CEMP Program Areas

CEMP includes many individual program areas:


VHA Handbook, 0320.2, Emergency Management Program Procedures (34 KB, PDF)



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