This Concept of Operations or Base Plan Standard Operating Guide (SOG) provides an operational framework and position-specific guidance for emergency management activities conducted at the Woodbury County Joint County Emergency Operation Center (WCJ/EOC). This framework mirrors the National Incident Management System (NIMS), including elements of the Incident Command System for all positions, as needed. However, most WCJ/EOC activities will be managed by the Command and General Staff with select Emergency Support Functions (ESF). This SOG coordinates representatives of Woodbury County government departments and offices; local, state, and federal governmental departments and agencies; and non-governmental organizations tasked with the roles and responsibilities of implementing Woodbury County Joint
Emergency Operation Plan (WCJ/EOP).
When used during exercises, emergencies, and incidents, this SOG will help ensure that WCJ/EOC representatives do not inadvertently overlook critical response actions under the pressures of implementing appropriate emergency response actions. Pre-specified actions described in a checklist format will promote consistent, county-level response to all hazards, but emergency management requires flexibility to adapt to each situation. Woodbury County Joint Emergency Operations Center may identify the need to respond to unforeseen conditions during an incident and may require supplements to the guidance in this SOG; the SOG should be regarded and used as flexible response guidelines rather than rigid procedures.
The WCJ/EOC has essentially three functions: 1) assisting with local, state, and federal-level multi-agency coordination in a unified manner; 2) providing and prioritizing resources and logistic support to on-scene response; and 3) defining policy, including disaster declarations, to assist with incident response. To perform these functions satisfactorily, the WCJ/EOC’s staff and supporting agencies and officials must continuously prepare and train for incidents that would challenge the County’s ability to respond and recover. All WCJ/EOC staff and supporting agencies must maintain a thorough understanding of the WCJ/EOC’s technology and delegated responsibilities. This effort requires commitment from all agencies, departments, and offices charged with implementing the WCJ/EOP.
Woodbury County Joint Emergency Management Team (WCJ/EMT) will maintain this SOG document and host training and exercise opportunities to hone representatives’ skills, confidence, efficiency, and effectiveness to function as a cohesive emergency operations center (EOC).