Howard County Emergency Operations Plan

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Between 2013 and early 2015, Senior Policy Analysts Lisa Crow and Kasia Fertala worked with the Howard County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to revise the Howard County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The EOP outlines the responsibilities and coordination mechanisms of County departments and external partner organizations in response to an emergency or disaster.

The EOP planning team focused on the development of a thorough response plan uniquely tailored to capture Howard County’s capabilities and characteristics, but also, more importantly, the planning process aided in building a more robust emergency management program. The planning team included members from the OEM and CHHS. The team’s vision was to ensure the integrity of the Plan and the program was maintained while engaging over fifty stakeholders.

On March 4, 2015, the team, with assistance from Senior Policy Analyst Birch Barron and Law and Policy Analyst Katherine Cooper, conducted an all-day training and exercise session on the new EOP that included over 120 local and state emergency stakeholders at the Howard County Public Safety Training Center. A week later, they developed and presented a final brief for County Executive Allan Kittleman and his Cabinet. The success of the planning process, training and exercise session, and final brief ultimately established a strong foundation for a proactive yet flexible emergency management program in Howard County.

This text is taken from the CHHS Spring 2015 Newsletter

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