Updated Emergency Operations Plan Approved


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June 18, 2007

Updated Emergency Operations Plan Approved to Enhance Fairfax County’s Preparation for Disasters

A comprehensive, updated version of Fairfax County’s Emergency Operations Plan was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today.

  • The plan more clearly establishes Fairfax County department roles and responsibilities for response and recovery during disasters and large-scale emergencies.
  • The plan brings the county into compliance with new federal emergency management standards that have been introduced in recent years. The National Response Plan and Homeland Security Presidential Directives require all governments to follow the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent framework for response and recovery.
  • The plan also recognizes the significant role partner agencies and community organizations perform during emergencies and disasters.

The county’s plan was last updated in 2002; by Virginia law, all cities and counties must update plans every five years (though beginning July 1, plans must be updated every four years).

“The updated Emergency Operations Plan builds upon the strengths of our previous plan and it will serve our first responders, our county employees and our community partners well in knowing the chain of command during an emergency,” said County Executive Anthony H. Griffin, who also serves as the county’s director of emergency management. “We are now even more prepared in light of all hazards that potentially threaten Fairfax County.”

For more information about the plan, contact the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 703-324-2362, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem.

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