The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is the overall Emergency Operations Plan for Pierce County. This plan reflects an analysis of the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk. The CEMP describes the responsibilities and capabilities of the agencies and organizations in Pierce County tasked with preventing, protecting against, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from any emergency or major disaster that may impact our communities.
Continuity of Operations (COOP) enables an organization’s essential functions to continue with minimal interruption during a wide range of continuity events: from localized weather events and technological incidents to widespread emergencies or major disasters. Any situation that makes it impossible for employees to work from their primary operating facility creates a continuity event. During such events, Continuity of Government (COG) maintains a continuous functioning of government through temporary transfer of decision-making authority or relocating the seat of government.
The purpose of the Emergency Operations Center Plan is to provide guidance and procedures for the activation and operation of the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The procedures established in this plan are considered supporting documents to the Pierce County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). This plan focuses on the response phase of emergency management and the transition to recovery. It is applicable to county EOC operations for hazards and contingencies outlined in the CEMP and the most recent Pierce County Hazard Identification & Vulnerability Assessment (HIVA).
In order to prepare and plan for emergencies which might strike the county, it is necessary to understand hazards that potentially could impact it, what their history of activity is in Pierce County and how vulnerable the citizens of the county are to those hazards. The HIRA serves as a basis for the development of plans, public education programs, responder training and exercises. The Pierce County HIRA is not a detailed study of the hazards and their impacts, but rather it describes those hazards felt to be the greatest potential threat to people, the environment, personal and public property and the economy.
The Region 5 Strategic Plan provides the framework through which we will strengthen our ability to defend against, deter, dissuade, mitigate, and ultimately respond to and recover from terrorist attacks and natural disasters within the region.
This Mount Rainier Volcanic Hazards Response Plan provides an overview of the geological science associated with Mount Rainier, the current status of the river valleys, and the potential impact to the valleys. It identifies warning and public information methods, and outlines actions to ensure getting valley residents to safe ground in a worst-case volcanic scenario. The plan also addresses recovery priorities and mitigation measures to lessen the impact of a re-awakening of this majestic volcano.
Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. This is achieved through risk analysis, which results in information that provides a foundation for mitigation activities that reduce risk, and flood insurance that protects financial investment. The Pierce County Hazard Mitigation Plan takes all of this into account as we develop mitigation measures to lessen the impact of local disasters.