County and Local Emergency Operations Plans
Each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties is required — in accordance with the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code or Title 35, Pa. C.S.A. Section 7503 (1) — to prepare, maintain, and keep current an emergency operations plan for the prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by disaster, prompt, and effective response to disaster and disaster emergency relief and recovery in consonance with the 2021 Commonwealth Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP) (PDF).
Using the same format as the CEOP, county EOPs are functional plans containing several hazard-specific annexes. These EOPs define the organization, concept of operations and responsibilities of the departments and agencies of county governments and their municipalities in the prevention of, protections for, mitigation for, response to, and recovery from disasters.
County EOP Template
PEMA provides direction and assistance for plan format and content via the Generic County EOP. New information or changes to current plans are distributed as amendments to the generic plan. The generic plan represents the minimum required policies and procedures.
Counties are encouraged to tailor the information in the generic plan to meet their own unique requirements, e.g., additional appendices and county-specific data and procedures. PEMA Regions review the county plans to ensure two-year currency.
Learn more from CEM Planner.
Please note: PEMA is no longer providing templates for local EOPs. We encourage each municipality to register for an account in CEM Planner and complete their EOPs using the templates in the planning software. These can be printed and placed in binders.
We strongly encourage municipalities to reach out to their county emergency management agency for assistance in developing or updating their EOPs and annexes.