“Emergency Planning Techniques for Small Jurisdictions”

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 Tara Leininger, Mayor, City of Metaline Falls
 Scott Miller, Emergency Manager, Okanogan County, WA
 Dave Hall, Emergency Planning Program Coordinator, WA Emergency Management
Division, WA Military Department
Showcasing some local success stories, Mayor Tara Leininger and Emergency Manager Scott Miller
will share how they accomplished the initially-daunting mission of creating a required Comprehensive
Emergency Management Plan, despite having little or no EM resources.

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“Emergency Planning Techniques for Small Jurisdictions”

  1. 1. Partners in Emergency Preparedness 27 April 2011
  2. 2.  Mayor Tara Leininger, Metaline Falls, Pend  Oreille County, WA Scott Miller, Emergency Manager, Okanogan  ll k County, WA Dave Hall, Emergency Planning Program  ll l Coordinator, WA Emergency Management  Division
  3. 3.  WA State Law (RCW 38.52) requires all  “Political Subdivisions” (Counties, &  incorporated Cities, Towns, Villages) to have  d ll h an emergency management organization,  and a Comprehensive Emergency  d h Management Plan (CEMP). Many counties sponsor a joint emergency  management organization with some or all of  their cities/towns. (Also ESCA) h l
  4. 4.  County: Pend Oreille Population*: 275 Class: Town l Incorporation: 1911 Form of Government: Mayor‐Council f l The Town contracts with Pend Oreille County  for many of its services f f
  5. 5.  How did we go about coordinating the  planning process? What challenges & obstacles did we face?  h h ll b l dd f How did we overcome them? What benefits (tangible & intangible) did we  h b f bl bl d d derive from completing our CEMP? Other “Lessons Learned”? h d
  6. 6.  Located in North Central Washington   The County covers 5,281 square miles (It’s the largest county in  Washington.) The Colville Indian Reservation, located in the southeast corner of  the county, occupies approximately 700,000 acres of Okanogan  County.  The county has a population of  40,900 people. Okanogan, with a  population of 2,500, is the second largest city in the county, and  the county seat. Omak, the largest city in the county has a  population of 4,780. Other cities within the county are: Brewster  (2,230), Conconully (215), Coulee Dam (855), Elmer City (245),  Nespelem (205), Oroville (1,755), Pateros (635), Riverside (330),  Nespelem (205)  Oroville (1 755)  Pateros (635)  Riverside (330)   Tonasket (1,010), Twisp (995), and Winthrop (440). The county has  an unincorporated population of 24,705, while the incorporated  p p population is 16,195, with a density of 7 persons per square mile.  , 95, y 7p p q
  7. 7.  PRIMARY HAZARDS: ‐ FIRE ‐ FLOOD ‐ EXTREME WEATHER
  8. 8. • Research/review other county plans  You will find different ways of handling situations and plan structure• Find one “Plan” that best suits yourcounty and modify – no need to start fromscratch• Tie the ESFs together to show how eachESF interfaces with the other
  9. 9. • For the plan to be effective it must bedeveloped by locals – don’t contract out.  Best understanding of potential hazards  Best at identifying capabilities and assessments  Ensure the plan is adequate to handle the myriad of issues that could arise
  10. 10. • The CEMP provides the framework for development, coordination, control, and direction of all planning preparedness planning, preparedness, readiness assurance, response and recovery action However organizations action. However, and departments must develop their own specific Standard Operating Procedures and training programs that correspond to the CEMP. CEMP
  11. 11. LOCAL FIRST  RESPONDERS CONTACT CITY EM Notify Mayor ‐ Fire SIZE UP SITUATION COORDINATOR  ‐ Law (Large Emergency) (Designated Person) City Council ‐ EMS ( (Establish ICS) ) Declare Emergency g y EXPAND ICS * Incident Commander * Command Post * Staging Area  Notify Commissioners  ASSESSMENT CALL COUNTY Declare Emergency (Large Emergency) * DEM willDEM ‐ NOTIFIES WA STATE EMD DEM NOTIFIES WA STATE EMD ESTABLISH UNIFIED COMMAND * Request Additional Resources    q
  12. 12. K I S SKEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID (PLEASE) 
  13. 13.  Emergency Operations Planning Template E  O i  Pl i  T l Planning Assistance Visits (State EMD) Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG)  101, Version 2 (Included in the handout CD) Your County Emergency Management Office Emergency Management Program Grants  ( (EMPG): Apply through WA EMD ) pp y g HLS Region Staff WA Emergency Planners Blog:  http://waplanner.blogspot.com/ h l bl

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