PLANS AND DOCUMENTS
DEM is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of a number of plans and documents. Some are required by state law others become necessary to implement state or federal programs. Most DEM plans deal directly with the coordination of local, county, and state governments before, during and after a disaster or emergency.
The HIVA provides an analysis of the types of natural and man-caused hazards to which Island County is vulnerable. Additionally, the HIVA evaluates the comparative probability and assigns a simple level of risk (low, medium, high) to each. The HIVA is important in focusing hazard mitigation, emergency planning and resource commitment.
The CEMP is required by state code and establishes within Island County the basic responsibilities and relationships for emergency functions and operations. The CEMP consists of a basic plan, appendices, and emergency support functions (ESFs) that further define specific emergency support actions such as communications, evacuation, damage assessment, and others. The ESFs were aligned with the federal National Response Plan (NRP) and state ESF's to facilitate common references between government levels. With the change to the National Response Framework - NRF (April 2008), the CEMP sections will be realigned and renumbered. Until that can be accomplished, a "crosswalk" document from the existing numbering system to the new NRF numbering system has been provided.
CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS - COOP
COOP is an effort within individual County departments to ensure continuity of their essential functions across a wide range of emergencies and events.
Governments at all levels have a fundamental responsibility to provide uninterrupted essential services to the public, regardless of circumstances. COOP is a good business practice and private business refers to it as Business Continuity Planning - or BCP.
Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
The EOP is the County's internal plan and procedures for operation of its Emergency Operations Center or EOC. When a situation threatens to become severe or an emergency or disaster occurs, the EOC may be activated to bring together representatives of all county departments, other agencies, and the red Cross to coordinate support and get resources and relief to the affected areas. The county EOC is an the basement of the Annex (corner 6th NE and Main St) in Coupeville. It is provided with emergency power and communications.
Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Mitigation Plan is a required plan that provides the structure for identifying, analyzing, and adopting hazard mitigation initiatives to make the county more disaster resistant. The Mitigation Plan enables the county decision makers to better allocate scarce resources for the greatest benefit to the county. The mitigation planning process is of greatest benefit when it is supported with public input and support.
Anyone interested in participating in the mitigation Planning process should contact DEM.
Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service that provides a reserve communications group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need. During periods of activation, RACES personnel are called upon to perform many tasks for the government agencies they serve. Although the exact nature of each activation will be different, the common thread is communications.
NIMS Implementation Plan
The National Incident Management System or NIMS is the the top to bottom (federal to local) emergency management coordination system.
Developed in response to Presidential Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 5, NIMS expands upon the existing Incident Command System (ICS) and provides for standardization of emergency plans, training, documentation, and equipment at all levels.
Each political subdivision requesting Homeland Security Grant support must use NIMS in their plans, training, and emergency support activities. As of 2008, Island County has adopted NIMS by resolution.
Each of Island County's three towns, four fire districts, Whidbey General Hospital, Whidbey General EMS, Island Transit, and Island Communications (ICOM 9-1-1) have also formally adopted NIMS and met all of the implementation goals.