Emergency Management


The mission of the Littleton Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is to develop, coordinate and lead a comprehensive emergency management program. OEM seeks to enable effective preparation for, efficient response to, and effective recovery from emergencies and disasters, in order to save lives, reduce human suffering, protect resources and develop a more resilient community. 

What is emergency management?

Emergency management is the function that plans, coordinates and supports a wide range of activities that help communities to reduce vulnerability to hazards, prepare for and cope with disasters.
This work is generally thought of in five phases: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.  

Decorative illustration showing mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recoveryThe prevention framework describes what the whole community – from community members to senior leaders in government- should do upon the discovery of intelligence or information regarding an imminent terror threat to the homeland. Protection efforts safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters and other threats or hazards. Mitigation addresses how the City will develop, employ, and coordinate efforts to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Response focuses on ensuring that the City is able to respond effectively to all types of incidents that range from those handled with local assets to those of catastrophic proportion. Recovery efforts focus on how best to restore redevelop, and revitalize the health, social, economic, natural, and environmental fabric of the community and build a more resilient community.

The Littleton Office of Emergency Management coordinates with state and federal partners, city departments, public safety agencies, municipalities, non-governmental organizations and private businesses throughout the City in order to facilitate coordinated planning and response to emergency situations. 

The best response to disaster and emergencies includes a prepared and responsive public. As a citizen of this community, your ability to respond appropriately in an emergency situation is critical to our success and your resilience.