Woodbury County Joint Emergency Operations Plan

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).

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The purpose of the Basic Plan is to establish a comprehensive countywide, all-hazards approach to incident management across a spectrum of activities including prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

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Basic Plan Woodbury

Basic Plan EOC SOG


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 1-Transportation provides the coordination for resources (human, technical, equipment, facility, materials and supplies) to support emergency transportation needs during an emergency or disaster in Woodbury County..

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ESF-1 Transportation

ESF-1 SOG Transportation


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 2 – Communications provides for the planning of coordination and support services in response to emergencies in Woodbury County. ESF 2 supports the restoration of the communications infrastructure, facilitates the recovery of communication systems, and coordinates communications support. ESF 2 also provides communications support to local governments and first responders when their systems have been impacted.

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ESF 2 – Communication

ESF 2 – SOG Communication


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 3 – Public Works and Engineering assists the Woodbury Joint Emergency Management Team by coordinating and organizing the capabilities and resources during response and recovery from a disaster.

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ESF 3 – Public Works and Engineering

ESF 3 – SOG Public Works and Engineering


ESF 4 – Firefighting provides Woodbury County support for the detection and suppression of wildland, rural, and urban fires resulting from, or occurring coincidentally with, an incident requiring a countywide coordinated response for assistance.

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ESF 4 – Firefighting

ESF 4 – SOG Firefighting


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 5 – Emergency Management directs, controls, and coordinates emergency operations from the Woodbury County Joint Emergency Operation Center (EOC) utilizing the Incident Command System and provides emergency information to the public through ESF 15 – Public Information and ESF 2 – Communications.
ESF 5 collects, analyzes, and shares information regarding a potential or actual emergency or disaster to enhance the response and recovery activities of Woodbury County. This ESF supports overall activities for incident management and maintains the EOC in a state of readiness and provides operational guidance to personnel assigned to work in the EOC.
ESF 5 makes appropriate notifications and interfaces with local, tribal, State, and Federal agencies and, if required, coordinates with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Duty Officer for additional assistance.

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ESF 5 – Emergency Management

ESF 5 – SOG Command Staff





Emergency Support Function (ESF) 6 – Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services supports local, tribal and nongovernmental organization efforts to address the non-medical mass care, housing, and human services needs of individuals and/or families impacted by an impending disaster or the effects of a disaster..

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ESF 6 – Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services

ESF 6 – Appendix

ESF 6 – SOG Mass Care


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 7- Resource Management coordinates resources, donations, and volunteers for the affected population of Woodbury County and resource support to agencies involved in emergency response and recovery efforts in Woodbury County.
The guidance provided in this ESF is not meant to be all inclusive, but the intent is to provide a framework for emergency managers and officials in the coordination and distribution of those resources during emergencies or disasters..

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ESF 7 – Resource management

ESF 7 – Logistics SOG


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 – Public Health and Medical Services provides the mechanism for coordinated assistance in Woodbury County supplemented by local, tribal, State, and Federal resources in response to a public health and medical disaster, potential or actual incidents requiring a coordinated response, and/or during a developing potential health and medical emergency.

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ESF 8 – Public Health and Medical Services

ESF 8 – SOG Public Health


ESF 9 – Search and Rescue rapidly deploys components of Woodbury County public safety agencies to provide specialized lifesaving assistance when activated for incidents or potential incidents requiring a coordinated county response.

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ESF 9 – Search and Rescue Draft

ESF 9 – SOG – Search – Rescue


ESF 10 – Hazardous Materials provides support in response to an actual or potential discharge and/or uncontrolled release of hazardous materials when activated. It is designed to fulfill the requirements of the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (Title III, Superfund Amendments and Emergency Management Reauthorization Act of 1986), and responsibilities of Local Emergency Planning Committees/Emergency Management Commissions as established by Iowa Code 29C and Iowa Administrative Rules..

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ESF 10 – Hazardous materials Draft

ESF 10 – SOG HazMat


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 11 – Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Pets supports tribal and local authorities to provide nutrition assistance; control and eradicate, as appropriate, any outbreak of a highly contagious or economically devastating animal/zoonotic disease, or any outbreak of an economically devastating plant pest or disease; ensure the safety and security of the commercial food supply; and protect natural resources and well-being of household pets during an emergency response or evacuation situation..

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ESF 11 – SOP Agriculture

ESF 11 – SOG Agriculture


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 12 – Energy is intended to facilitate the restoration of damaged energy systems and is an integral part of the larger Iowa Department of Energy responsibility of maintaining continuous and reliable energy supplies for Iowa through preventive measures and restoration and recovery actions..

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ESF 12 – Energy

ESF 12 – SOG Energy


ESF 13 – Public Safety and Security rapidly employs resources from across Woodbury County in a coordinated response to ensure the safety and security of all citizens, maintain law and order, protect public and private property, and provide protection for essential industries and facilities within the county.

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ESF 13 – Public Safety and Security

ESF 13 – SOG Public Safety


ESF 13 – Public Safety and Security rapidly employs resources from across Woodbury County in a coordinated response to ensure the safety and security of all citizens, maintain law and order, protect public and private property, and provide protection for essential industries and facilities within the county..

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ESF 14 – Community Recovery and Mitigation

ESF 14 – SOG Long term recovery

Woodbury Co Recovery Fund


Emergency Support Function (ESF) 15 – Public Information provides timely, clear, accurate and effective public information to the affected population, including non-English speaking and special needs, of Woodbury County in coordination with the Woodbury County Joint Emergency Management Team to help minimize loss of life and property before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.

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ESF 15 Public Information

ESF 15 – SOG External Affairs