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Responsibilities

Daily Activities in Support of the Emergency Management System...

Emergency Planning

  • Develop and maintain the County Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP) in coordination with other agencies.  Also develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs) to support and enhance the CEOP.
  • Maintain the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the basement of the Police Department at the Law Enforcement Center.  The primary role of the EOC is to bring together relevant disaster information in one central location, organize and present that information in a useful way to the decision-makers and public, and facilitate the coordination of resources needed to respond to the emergency.
  • Serve as a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for Saline County. Provide support staff for the daily operations of the LEPC.
  • Assist business and industry in developing Risk Management Plans (RMP) to support the CEOP.
     

Emergency  Response

  • Respond as technical advisor and resource provider for fires and hazardous materials incidents throughout the county, as requested.
  • Activate the EOC as necessary to coordinate the response to a disaster situation within the county.
  • Maintain and operate an Emergency Communications van to assist in response to emergency incidents.
     

Warning Systems

  • Maintain and test a Storm Warning system consisting of outdoor warning sirens.
  • Activate the storm warning system to inform the public of severe weather dangers.
  • Make recommendations on the specifications and locations of outdoor warning sirens.
  • Encourage the use of NOAA Weather Radios by the public, government offices, schools and businesses.
     

Severe Weather

  • Monitor severe weather activity which may threaten communities within Saline County.
  • Pass on Severe Weather Watches and Warnings to inform the public and other response agencies.
  • Activate Amateur Radio Emergency Services Storm Spotters to monitor severe weather activity.
  • Relay local reports of severe weather activity to the National Weather Service in Wichita.  Issue local warnings as appropriate.
     

Saline County Fire Districts

  • Technical advisor and County Commission representative to six Saline County Rural Fire Districts.
  • Conduct annual refresher training on Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness, as requested.
     

Training and Exercises

  • Conduct classes for responders, volunteers, and the public.
  • Conduct training exercises to enhance emergency readiness.
     

Public Education

  • Conduct training for the general public on disaster preparedness and severe weather safety.
  • Conduct presentations to the public on the duties and responsibilities of local, state and federal emergency response agencies.