• Reduce vulnerability of people and communities of this state to damage, injury, and loss of life and property resulting from natural or man-made catastrophes, riots, or hostile military or paramilitary action;
• Prepare for prompt and efficient rescue, care, and treatment of persons victimized or threatened by disaster;
• Provide a setting conducive to the rapid and orderly restoration and rehabilitation of persons and property affected by disasters;
• Clarify and strengthen the roles of the governor, state agencies, and local governments in prevention of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from disasters;
means the occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or sever damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made cause, including fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, wave action, oil spill or other water contamination, volcanic activity, epidemic, air contamination, blight, drought, infestation, explosion, riot, hostile military or paramilitary action, other public calamity requiring emergency action.