Emergency Operations Plan

Learn more about the county Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Support Functions.

Emergency Operations Plan

Virginia and Fairfax County are continually threatened by emergency and disaster situations such as flash flooding, hurricanes, hazardous materials incidents and other incidents that may cause shortages of resources.

The Fairfax County Emergency Operations Plan PDF icon (EOP) describes the concept of emergency operations and assigns duties and responsibilities to agency heads or organizations that are either part of, or will serve in support of, local government in time of emergency. It becomes the organizational and legal basis for disaster operations.

The Emergency Operations Plan covers all natural disasters and man-made disasters excluding nuclear war. It provides a basis for the development of programs and procedures to save lives and minimize disaster damage, and to expedite recovery operations after such a disaster. The development and maintenance of this plan and supporting plans is the basis of the local emergency management program.

The Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000, as amended, requires that the state, and each county and city within the state, develop and maintain a current operations plan that addresses their planned response to such extraordinary emergency situations.

Fairfax County’s plan is designed to meet this responsibility and to include the county in the mutually supportive statewide emergency management system. This plan includes the towns of Herndon and Vienna. However, the towns must file for disaster assistance/reimbursement independently.

Emergency Support Function Annexes

There are 15 external support functions (ESF), each represented by a detailed document:


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