The Arlington Emergency Management Office is charged with the responsibility to develop and implement Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM). The heaviest emphasis in the past was on preparedness and response to all risks: man-caused emergencies and natural disasters.
In addition to Preparedness and Response, equal emphasis is now placed on Mitigation and Recovery phases of CEM.
This plan addresses emergency situations in which the actions of many different agencies must be coordinated. This major coordination effort differs from those emergencies handled on a daily basis by local fire, law enforcement, and medical services personnel.
This Plan is structured in six parts. Part I deals with the Basic Plan. Part II deals with Emergency Response Organizations. Part III deals with Emergency Management Processes and Protective Procedures. Part IV deals with specific Hazard/Emergencies/Disasters. Part V deals with Hazardous Materials. Part VI is the Terrorism Incident Response Plan.
Emergency response Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for local emergency response personnel should be developed based on responsibilities assigned in their plan. These SOP’s will be maintained separately from this plan as supporting documents.
Information concerning telephone contacts, equipment inventories, resources, facilities, and support forms supporting the CEM Plan and SOP’s is contained in the Resource Manual. The Resource Manual is maintained as a separate support document.