Our Mission To lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Kentwood through leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergency Preparedness Every Day On a normal day, Emergency Preparedness is evaluated and we work to prepare city departments, businesses and residents for emergencies and disaster events through planning, preparedness initiatives, hazard mitigation activities, and by building response capabilities. Emergency Preparedness in Disasters Emergencies happen every day in the City of Kentwood. These incidents are usually handled with the first five minutes by the Kentwood Police and Departments. In addition, our Department of Public Works can also respond to specific emergencies in the city with specialized equipment that may be needed for an unusual event. When an emergency event grows beyond the ability of one agency to take care of it, or when additional resources are needed on a large scale event, the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be opened to coordinate the response. In the EOC, representatives from all of the agencies involved in the response make decisions and work to provide the resources needed on the scene. The EOC becomes the seat of government during a disaster. Decisions about city operations and services are made there, as are decisions about how the community will begin to return to normal.