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AI- 6210   4. A. 6.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 04/15/2015  
Nueces County Emergency Management Plan Annex A (Warning) Revision
Submitted By: Danielle Hale, Emergency Management
Department: Emergency Management  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider accepting the Nueces County Emergency Management Plan Annex A (Warning) as presented by the Nueces County Emergency Management Coordinator.
BACKGROUND
BACKGROUND
Excerpts From: Texas Department of Public Safety- Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Local
Emergency Management Planning Guide, Revision 4- January 2008

GENERAL:
The basic emergency management responsibilities of local governments, state agencies and public officials are
outlined in Chapters 418 and 433 of the Texas Government Code (The Texas Disaster Act), Executive Orders of
the Governor Relating to Emergency Management, and Title 37, Part I, Chapter 7 (Emergency Management) of the
Texas Administrative Code.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
Each local or inter-jurisdictional emergency management agency is required to prepare and keep a current, NIMS
compliant, emergency management plan which addresses preparedness, response and recovery. The plan must
contain clear and complete statements regarding the emergency responsibilities of local agencies and officials. The
plan must meet the state planning standards promulgated by TDEM. The plan must also allow for integration of the
National Response Framework Emergency Support Functions, when activated.

Elected leaders are legally responsible for ensuring necessary and appropriate actions are taken to protect people
and property from the consequences of emergencies and disasters. When disasters threaten or strike a jurisdiction,
people expect local officials to take immediate action to address the problems that are created. An emergency
management plan provides a framework to respond to any emergency situation, whether it occurs unexpectedly or
develops slowly.

An emergency management plan outlines concepts of operations for coordinated efforts by local officials,
emergency responders, other governmental departments, volunteer groups, and other individuals or agencies to
perform emergency functions. It has been repeatedly demonstrated pre-planning emergency operations saves time
in getting operations underway, facilities integrated effort, and helps ensure essential activities are carried out
efficiently When an emergency plan exists and local officials and emergency responder are familiar with it, they
have a common guide for action.

A properly prepared emergency management plan provides a concise statement of the emergency responsibilities of
local officials, departments, and agencies, as well as descriptions of the emergency functions volunteer groups,
industry, schools, hospitals, and other entities agree to perform so those individuals who must respond to an
emergency have a clear understanding of what they are supposed to do and what others will do.

WHO SHOULD HAVE A PLAN:

1. Chapter 418 of the Government Code provides that each county shall maintain a local emergency management
program or participate in an inter-jurisdictional program that serves the entire county or inter-jurisdictional area,
except for those cities that have established their own programs.

2. Cites may establish their own local emergency management program. As a general rule, cities that do not have a
24-hour warning point or operate their own fire protection and law enforcement programs, or control such
programs, should participate in an inter-jurisdictional program with their county. Cities that have established their
own local emergency management program should prepare their own emergency management plan.

3. Chapter 418 of the Government Code provides that each local and inter-jurisdictional agency shall prepare and
keep current an emergency management plan for its area providing for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response,
and recovery.

4. Base your planning on facts and reasonable assumptions.

5. Place the greatest emphasis in planning on those hazards that pose the greatest risk. The results of your local
hazard analysis should be your guide for prioritizing your efforts.

6. Plans must clearly assign tasks, allocate resources, and establish accountability.

7. Planning should address the use of local government and other local governmental organizations (such as school
districts) resources and those of the private sector (volunteer groups active in disaster, business and industry). But,
do not assume assistance from non-governmental organizations unless you have coordinated in advance with those
organizations.

8. No radical organizational changes are needed to develop a comprehensive emergency management plan. The
same departments or agencies that are responsible for certain functions on a day-to-day basis (such as the fire
service and law enforcement) typically retain those responsibilities during an emergency. However, organizational
arrangements for emergency operations should provide for the integration of state and federal response elements
and volunteers during major emergencies.

9. The development of written plans is not an end in itself and having a written emergency plan does not guarantee
that emergency operations will be effective. It is always better to have a plan and not need it, than need a plan and
not have it.
DISCUSSION
As required by State law, our Emergency Management Plan must be revised every 5 years. This annex has been
reviewed and updated accordingly by the Emergency Management Coordinator and the Official having primary
responsibility for its maintenance and improvement. Each agency tasked within this annex are to develop standard
operating procedures that address the assigned tasks as noted in Section X. Annex Development & Maintenance.

Budget Information
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Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
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Attachments
Annex A Executive Summary
Annex A Planning Standard

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