The Arlington Heights Emergency Management Agency oversees emergency/disaster planning and works closely with other local, state and federal authorities to be informed and prepared concerning matters of homeland security. In a disaster situation, the Village can access county and state resources and may be eligible for federal assistance. Emergency Management, as it exists today, emphasizes the need for a coordinated effort between all agencies as well as volunteer organizations and private businesses in the community, working together toward a common goal. That goal is to make Arlington Heights as prepared as possible to deal with the effects of natural, man made or technological emergencies or disasters. EMA are locally funded and work under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through their state government.