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Management of Emergency Operations.

Incident response and management in Douglas County is accomplished by utilizing the National Incident Management System.  Within this systematic approach Incident Command is established and functions are performed to achieve response and recovery objectives.  Responding individuals are trained in this system which is activated as needed to confront the challenges of a Community Emergency or Natural Disaster (CEND) incident.  A CEND incident is characterized as one of such magnitude and complexity that in order for the response and recovery to be successful, it requires multi-agency coordination.  

When a CEND incident occurs, three criteria are met:

1.  Incident Command or Unified Command is established, 

2.  The Emergency Operations Center is either partially or fully activated, and

3.  The incident is recognized by the Chief Elected Official.

During CEND incidents, activities are largely concentrated within three groups of people as stated below.  Each plays a unique role and collectively those roles support the emergency management process.

1.  The Emergency Management Senior Advisory Team makes policy decisions that directly effect objectives and outcomes of the response and recovery efforts

2.  The Role of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)  serves as a communication linkage between engaged parties and supports the Incident Command staff through acquisition of resources and supplies.

3.  The Field Operations taking place on scene may involve both Incident Command and emergency workers who are often accompanied by a Douglas County Emergency Management Agency professional acting as a field liaison. 

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