A crisis or emergency can happen at anytime and impact one small area, a few communities, the entire county, or beyond the boundaries of the Eastern Shore. Emergencies cause heightened safety issues, confusion and stress for all involved. In order to minimize these effects on the county and its citizens during a disaster, an emergency plan will be activated.
This plan will provide clear direction, responsibility and continuity of control. This plan is the Accomack County Emergency Operation Plan (EOP).
The purpose of the County EOP is to direct actions intended to preserve life and protect property from further destruction in the event of an emergency. The overall plan establishes an emergency organization to direct and control operations during the emergency situation by assigning responsibilities to specific entities.
The EOP consists of the Basic Plan, the Emergency Support Functions and incident specific Annexes. The Basic Plan provides an overview of Accomack County’s approach to emergency response and operations. It assigns broad responsibilities to local government agencies and support organizations for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. These responsibilities are generally extensions of normal day-to-day functions involving the same personnel and material resources. It also defines the role that citizens must take to prepare themselves for emergencies. The Emergency Support Functions focus on detailing the specific responsibilities, tasks and operational actions of entities needed to complete a specific operational function, while the incident Annexes focus on any additional planning or response needs beyond the basic response plan for particular event scenarios.