The emergency management community in Maine is a partnership among state, county and local emergency managers, as well as many other government and non-government organizations, voluntary agencies, and the business community.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is an agency of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.
At the state level, MEMA coordinates the mitigation (risk reduction) preparedness, response, and recovery from emergencies and disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes or hazardous materials spills.
MEMA also provides guidance and assistance to county and local emergency managers, as well as many other government and non-government organizations, voluntary agencies, and the business community to aid their efforts to provide protection to citizens and property, and increased resiliency in the face of disaster. The agency uses strategies such as planning, training, exercise, and public education to carry out its mission.
Since 2001, MEMA has been the focal point for the implementation of programs regarding homeland security, integrating these concerns into its all-hazard mission.