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Jurisdiction Emergency Operations Plan

The jurisdictional EOP provides action guidance for incident response at the level of the responding community. The sum of all activities related to developing and implementing the jurisdictional EOP represents preparedness. This includes establishing equipment and supply needs, educating and training personnel, and exercising the system to evaluate and improve procedures. Important considerations for the jurisdictional EOP include:

  • Developing all-hazards processes that can address potential incidents ranging from traditional weather events to large explosions, infectious disease outbreaks, or contamination scenarios
  • Identifying essential participants in the jurisdictional EOP when it is implemented for a response
  • Providing a systems description of how the various disciplines will be organized and integrated during response (may vary depending on the type of event), to include:
    • Management structure and procedures for a multi-agency response
    • Processes for information management and exchange among participants.
  • Describing key responsibilities for each stage of response.

By incorporating basic ICS and emergency management principles, and by integrating public health and acute-care medical disciplines, a functional Tier 3 management structure is proposed.

Figure 4-1. Generic Management Structure for Jurisdictional Response

Figure 4-1 shows the generic management structure  for Jurisdiction response to emergency event. The following is the hierarchical structure that reports up and feeds into the  Unified Command. At the bottom, are the five sections: Operations, logistics, planning, and Administration/Finance. These  sections report up to the Senior Liaison. The Senior Liaison reports up to the Safety Team which is responsible for the traditional  safety role, health/prevention medicine, and security. Next is the Safety Information Officer. Following the Safety Information  Officer are the Senior Advisors which may include pre-selected experts representing the private medical community. The senior  advisors feed directly into the Unified Command, which consists of Fire/EMS, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Human services,  and others as indicated (e.g. public works, schools, etc.). The Unified Command also coordinates Regional and State Management.  Also feeding the Unified command is the Multiagency coordination Center (MACC), which is usually local EOC. The MACC�s policy  is guided by the Multiagency Coordination Group (MAC Group), which has the senior political authority for jurisdiction.

The site of integration for the Tier 2 liaison will vary based on the type of incident. In a mass casualty or complex medical event, the Tier 2 liaison will likely integrate at the Operations Section of the incident management team. In a primarily non-medical event, the Tier 2 liaison may integrate through the health and medical Emergency Support Function (ESF) or other functional group in the EOC (see IS-701, Lesson 2).

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  • This page last reviewed: February 14, 2012