Section 7503(1) of the Emergency Management Services Code (the Code) (35 Pa C.S. Section 7101 et seq.) mandates that "each political subdivision" in the Commonwealth "...prepare, maintain, and keep current" an EOP "...for the prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by disaster."
The County EOP is that document promulgated by the county's elected body, through the passage of a resolution, which describes the hazards, vulnerabilities, emergency management situations and assumptions that affect the county, the concept of operations during an emergency, and the various roles and assignments of the elected officials, EMC, and other emergency response personnel, whether paid or volunteer. The County EOP is consistent with the NIMS* and the Pennsylvania State EOP.
*NIMS - National Incident Management System is a system prescribed by the President and the Federal Department of Homeland Security that standardizes emergency response across the United States. This systems includes standard command, control and coordination structures, standard language and communication protocols, standard training and exercise procedures, and standard terminology for typing and requesting resources.