“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
This statement summarizes the value of the time and effort spent developing a good emergency plan to get the big jobs done. The Office of Emergency Management works with city departments and partner agencies to develop the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) that outlines the City’s basic strategy for handling any major emergency or disaster that may arise. The LEOP includes a base plan and hazard specific annexes that are developed and closely reviewed in coordination with our response partners. The plan is flexible to allow for unforeseen circumstances but detailed enough to accurately depict the resources and capabilities of the city during emergency situations.
The LEOP is reviewed and updated periodically to ensure that the information is still accurate and that best practices and new legislation have been incorporated.
Knowing how the city plans to respond to a major emergency or disaster can help you prepare your own emergency plans for personal and business use. Visit the tab above to read the LEOP.
In addition to the LEOP each city department maintains a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). These COOP plans describe the critical functions and lines of succession needed to maintain important non-disaster related services such as trash pickup, water treatment, etc. when conditions are less than favorable.
We know that in a major emergency or disaster we might not be able to get to everyone that needs help right away. It is imperative that every family and business have an emergency plan of their own. Everyone benefits when the whole community is prepared. Please visit our Emergency Preparedness page and review the links on personal and business preparedness for more information or contact our office to see how we can assist you in your preparedness efforts.