Emergency Management

Ron Olschon
Rostraver Township
Emergency Management Coordinator
       Each Pennsylvania county and municipality must select an Emergency Managment Coordinator (EMC) to oversee planning, training, and preparation during non-disaster time, and to act as Coordinator of the Emergency Operations Center during a time of disaster.  Rostraver Township's Emergency Management Coordinator is Ron Olschon.  At the county level, the EMC is usually a full-time employee; however, in most local municipalities (i.e., cities, boroughs, and townships), the EMC is either a volunteer, a full-time employee doing one or more jobs, or a part-time employee.  The EMC is the primary agent for elected officials in emergency preparedness and response.
       Ron Olschon, the Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) for Rostraver Township, is a skilled leader and has the respect of the various emergency response groups (police, fire, emergency medical) in the community. 
       While an effective EMC is very important, an effective emergency preparedness program requires a team effort.  The EMC does not have the authority to call on department heads and other staff to cooperate; public officials do.  Thus it becomes the EMC responsibility to ensure that all key players do their parts.

What is Hazard Mitigation? 

The term "hazard mitigation" describes actions that can help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by hazards, or disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, wildfires, landslides, tornadoes, earthquakes, or dam failures.  As the costs of disasters continue to rise, governments and citizens must find ways to reduce hazard risks to communities.  Efforts made to reduce hazard risks should be compatible with other community goals; safer communities are more attractive to employers as well as residents.  As communities plan for new development and improvements to existing infrastructure, mitigation can and should be an important component of the planning effort. 

While mitigation activities can and should be taken before a disaster occurs, hazard mitigation is essential .  Often after disasters, repairs and reconstruction are completed in such a way as to simply restore damaged property to pre-disaster conditions. The implementation of such hazard mitigation actions leads to building stronger, safer and smarter communities that are better able to reduce future injuries and damage.

Christopher Tantlinger
HAZMAT Coordinator
Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety
911 Public Safety Road
Greensburg, PA 15601
724-600-7388 fax