Earlier today the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted unanimously to adopt the recently revised Johnson County Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP). The new CEOP, now in effect, establishes the framework and guiding principles from which all response partners will prepare for and provide a unified response to disasters in Johnson County. Specifically, the plan defines the policies, systems, coordination, and roles and responsibilities required to meet the needs generated by disasters in Johnson County.
The CEOP can be found at www.jocoem.org/planning/ceop.shtml.
The plan is the product of the combined effort of hundreds of stakeholders that participated in the planning process. To ensure the plan was as accurate and comprehensive as possible, the update involved the development of 15 Emergency Support Function (ESF) workgroups, each addressing a specific annex of the plan. The membership of these workgroups totaled over 250 representatives from various disciplines and professions representing the private, non-profit, and public sectors including the city, county, regional, state, and federal levels.
While today’s adoption of the CEOP signifies the end of a extensive community-wide planning effort, our planning and preparedness efforts continue. Over the next few months our office will be meeting with the newly established ESF Workgroups to identify the next steps in developing our county-wide ESF specific capabilities. Additionally, our office will be developing tools and other support materials to assist ESF teams, cities, response organizations, and other community partners in their emergency planning efforts.
This type of planning goes a long way toward continuing to help ensure Johnson County is a community prepared!