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This site offers information and links to guidance on the development, review and maintenance of local Emergency Operations Plans (EOP), including the fundamentals of the emergency planning process. It is designed to assist in the development of a capability for effective participation in the all-hazard emergency operations planning process.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) continues to deliver a one-day course entitled, Developing and Maintaining Local Emergency Operations Plans. This course is presented locally upon request and sponsorship of county emergency management agencies. A prerequisite to course participation is the successful completion of FEMA’s Online Independent Study Emergency Planning course - IS-235.B.
Ohio EMA’s one-day emergency planning course is designed to assist emergency management personnel who are actively involved in the development of local emergency operations plans. The course presents an "Ohioized" view of emergency operations planning information that we feel is important for county-level and municipal-level emergency management staff to have.
In May 2013, Ohio EMA updated its primary local EOP development and review guidance documents:
This guidance document was initially developed in 1999 by a joint committee of State and local EMA officials.
The State of Ohio’s Plan Development and Review Guidance supplements the guidance found in FEMA's Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 (CPG 101): Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.
Local EMAs and planning entities should use both the federal and state guidance in the development and maintenance of their plans. One such document is FEMA’s Target Capabilities List User Guide to accompany the Target Capabilities List itself.
Guidance on how to ensure that your local emergency operations plan is NIMS-compliant can be found at http://ema.ohio.gov/NimsGuidance.aspx.
Guidance and working documents to ensure that your community is prepared to respond to the receipt, storage and distribution of Strategic National Stockpile material can be found at http://www.ema.ohio.gov/SNSGuidance.aspx.
Questions on plan development and review are welcome and should be forwarded to Brad Schwartz, State Planner, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.