About the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency
Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency(LEMA) is located in Manheim, which is in northern Lancaster County. We are co-located with Lancaster Countywide Communications, the county’s 911 call center. Emergency Management has seven full time employees. The staff positions consist of:
History of the Department
Emergency Management, formerly known as Civil Defense, was created by the Civil Defense Act of 1950. The primary responsibility at that time was to plan and prepare for nuclear attack. As time went on, and the threat of attack subsided, a restructuring took place.
In 1979, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was created, which consolidated five federal agencies that were dealing with several types of emergencies. Since that time, many state and local organizations, including Lancaster County, have accepted this approach and changed to the emergency management structure.
Along with the change came a new approach in preparedness: no longer was planning done for single or narrowly defined categories of hazards, but towards an all hazards approach, including attack, natural, and technological threats.
The Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency maintains emergency plans for facilities that use or produce hazardous materials, as well as plans for:
- Dam failures
- Nuclear facilities
- Several other types of man made or natural disasters