Emergency operations for elected officials 08 97-2003


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Emergency operations for elected officials 08 97-2003

  1. 1. For Elected Officials Created by J. E. McDermott, Emergency Manager
  2. 2. Director, Department of Homeland Security “It makes more sense to be prepared for an emergency than trying to explain why you were not prepared.” “It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  3. 3. 'Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.' – Irving Fisher (1929) 'We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out' - Decca record executive on the Beatles 'There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.' - Ken Olson, 1977, Digital Equipment Corporation 'Everything that can be invented has been invented.- - 1899, Charles Duell, U.S. Office of Patents.
  4. 4. Browns Valley Flood Ham Lake Fire I35 W Bridge Collapse Drought (Benton CTY. +) Southeastern MN Flooding
  5. 5. Mitigation Recovery Emergency Management Response Preparedness
  6. 6.              Agricultural Disasters Civil Disorder Dam Failure Fire Hazardous Materials Incidents National Security Event Natural Disaster Public Utilities Failure Public Health Event Radiological Event School Crisis Event Terrorism Transportation Accident
  7. 7. Natural Disasters Tornado Hurricane Earthquake Severe Thunderstorm Flood Infestations Disease (SARS, Influenza)
  8. 8.  Who needs what?  IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)  IS-200 ICS for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents  IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS)– An Introduction  IS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents  IS-400 Advanced ICS  IS-800 National Response Plan – An Introduction
  9. 9. Operations Planning Command Logistics Finance
  10. 10. Incident Commander Public Information Officer Liaison Officer Safety Officer Operations Section Resources Unit Demob. Unit Service Branch Support Branch Doc. Unit Commun. Unit Supply Unit Medical Unit Divisions Air Ops Branch Logistics Section Situation Unit Branches Planning Section Facilities Unit Food Unit Ground Support Unit Groups Strike Team Task Force Single Resource Finance/Admin. Section Time Unit Compensation Claims Unit Procurement Unit Cost Unit
  11. 11.  What is an EOC?  Purpose  Functions  When is it activated?  Staffing
  12. 12. The Official Definition: An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a central location which enables government to coordinate policy decisions, resource management, and response to disasters and emergencies beyond the scope of an On-Scene Incident Commander.
  13. 13. The Real Definition: The EOC is where uncomfortable officials meet in unaccustomed surroundings to play unfamiliar roles making unpopular decisions in much too little time.
  14. 14. The On Scene Commander (OSC/IC) manages the trees. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) manages the forest.
  15. 15. TO: …manage the overall disaster …assist people …reduce the devastating consequences rather than add to them …start the recovery process …return the community to normal
  16. 16. Receive Information Synchronize Resources Integrate Resources Analyze Information Distribute Information
  17. 17.  When the On Scene Commander no longer can control the incident with the resources available. Or  Multiple incidents exist that stretches the limit of the first responders.
  18. 18. Command Finance Logistics Operations Planning
  19. 19.             Notification & Warning Direction & Control Emergency Public Information Search & Rescue Health & Medical Evacuation, Traffic Control & Security Fire Protection Damage Assessment Congregate Care Debris Clearance Utilities Restoration Radiological/Hazardous Materials Protection
  20. 20.  Emergency Services  Medical  Assembly Areas  Transportation  Supplies  Communications  Media  Individuals  Equipment  Service Agencies  Community Groups
  21. 21.  Responsible for overall management, coordination, and decision making in the EOC  Has ultimate say in the decision making process.  Manages by providing overall direction.  Cannot be a “Micro Manager”  Responsible for coordination of all EOC activities and ensuring proper staffing of the EOC
  22. 22.  Keep elected officials informed on event status.  Approve requests for additional resources.  Determine role of EOC.  Establish immediate priorities  Coordinate with key people and agencies.  Authorize release of information to the news media.
  23. 23.  Activate the EOC and assign staffing levels.  Determine agencies needed at the EOC  Establish goals & objectives  Develop or approve appropriate strategies  Implement Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Finance/Administration as needed.
  24. 24. No Planes
  25. 25.  Be Informed  Exercise Leadership  Take care of Personal Requirements  Establish Legal Contacts  Maintain Political Awareness  Keep the Public Informed
  26. 26. Chief Elected Official Functions and Responsibilities Be Informed Know your emergency operations plan and procedures Receive initial incident assessments and on-going updates Receive on-going status briefings from incident command site; resources committed and required; coordination with outside jurisdictions and media
  27. 27. Chief Elected Official Functions and Responsibilities Exercise Leadership Exercise leadership and policy decision-making over the emergency response organization. Maintain personal log. Direct staff to assess and report on problems, resource short falls, and policy needs and options. Chair assessment meetings. Issue Emergency declarations as needed. Ensure staff maintains logs. Maintain liaison with other elected officials.
  28. 28. Leaders are like eagles. We don’t have either of them here.
  29. 29. Chief Elected Official Functions and Responsibilities Take Care of Personal Requirements Let family know where you are. Take medications, toiletries and clothes as needed. Take list of peers and contact numbers. Remember: Your role is policy-making, not operational.
  30. 30. Chief Elected Official Functions and Responsibilities Establish Legal Contacts Establish contact with legal advisors. Review legal responsibilities and authorities. Monitor equity of service based on needs and risks. Review status of contract with suppliers of emergency goods or services.
  31. 31. Chief Elected Official Functions and Responsibilities Maintain Political Awareness Recognize personal accountability for actions and decisions. Check provisions for updating other public officials. Evaluate policy decisions throughout the incident. Confer with other elected officials on difficult issues. Use elected officials to circumvent unresponsive normal channels.
  32. 32. Chief Elected Official Functions and Responsibilities
  33. 33.  Stay out of the EOC and let the people trained to handle an emergency do it.
  34. 34.  Take care of your own family.  Use all of your political muscle to get the things the EOC tells you that they need.  Reassure you constituents that everything that can be done is being done.
  35. 35.  Does Your local Government Plan meet the requirements?
  36. 36. Definition of COGContinuity of Government Continuity of Government is defined as the preservation, maintenance, or reconstitution of the civil government's ability carry out its constitutional responsibilities.
  37. 37. If there is no continuity of government... there is no continuity of operations… there is no emergency management… there is no emergency response... there is no disaster recovery
  38. 38.           Minnesota Duty Officer Minnesota National Guard Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MNVOAD) Additional State Assistance Programs Reassessment of Homestead Property Damaged by Disaster Calamity Act Disaster Assistance for The Repair of State-aid Roads and Streets Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Statewide Mutual Aid The Emergency Management Assistance Compact
  39. 39.  Comes after Governor declares a State of Disaster for region. A multitude of Federal Services and Agencies become available.
  40. 40.  Where from? does the authority and power come
  41. 41.  Statutory Authority comes from Minnesota State Statutes 2006 Chapter 12 – Emergency Management  Any local Ordinance/resolution of County/City
  42. 42. Minnesota State Statute – Chapter 12 Political subdivisions will have an emergency management organization; and each such organization must have a director appointed by the governing body.
  43. 43. Minnesota State Statute – Chapter 12 “…county organizations shall… plan for the emergency operations of county government in cooperation with the county attorney…and with other appropriate county government officials and private sector representatives.”
  44. 44. Local Emergency Declaration  Can be declared by mayor of a city or chair of a county board for three days, unless extended by the governing body.  County Board declares emergencies for townships.
  45. 45. Emergency Powers  Activates state or local plan.  Authorizes aid and assistance.  May require individual services or use of equipment/resources (to save life and property).  Expedites delivery of services without normal legal/contractual restraints.
  46. 46.  Federal • FEMA  State • DHSEM  Training Conferences • Annual Governor's Conference • Annual AMEM Conference
  47. 47. Refer to Manual
  48. 48. An Emergency Operations Plan? How often is it updated? A trained EOC staff? Do they have backups? A Continuity of Operations Plan? Is it reviewed every 6 months? A list of resources available? If yes, do you know where they are? If no, what are you doing about it?