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County Emergency 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 Commonwealth Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP).
Using the same format as the CEOP, county EOP are functional plans containing several hazard-specific annexes. These EOP define the organization, concept of operations and responsibilities of the departments and agencies of county governments and their municipalities in mitigation of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from disasters.
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.