FLINT TWP. — Should disaster ever strike, township officers are prepared.
In one of his final actions before retirement last month, former Police Chief George Sippert oversaw the completion of a Support Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
The 93-page document sets guidelines for use in the event of a disaster or severe emergency stemming from natural, wartime, technological or terrorist origins.
Sippert worked with county and state Emergency Management (EM) agencies to develop the plan to enhance the local emergency response.
“This plan, when used property and updated, will assist local government officials to accomplish their primary responsibilities of protecting lives and property in their community,’ the document states.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller noted that the county has its own emergency plan but also requires government entities with more than five thousand residents to have their own plan.
The Support EOP describes how Flint Township will handle emergency situations in cooperation with the county Emergency Management Program. The goal of the plan is to” coordinate emergency response efforts to save lives, reduce injuries and preserve property.”
The EOP integrates concepts from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) including an Incident Command System (ICS) and language to help management operate in accordance to NIMS using guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security.
The basic EOP partners with Genesee County Emergency Management Program in five phases of emergency management – mitigation, preparedness, prevention, response and recovery.
The plan recognizes that local resources may be insufficient to deal with an incident depending on its severity and magnitude. It establishes how and when county or state support will be requested.
Emergency planning is an ongoing effort and the EOP will be consistently reviewed and updated.
Should the need arise, the township supervisor can activate the EOP, declare a state of emergency and issue directives for use of local roads.
The EOP specifies the chain of command and emergency procedures for communication, damage assessment, fire services, public information and safety. Township fire and police chiefs have prominent roles.
The entire EOP document can be read in minutes of the township board’s May 21 meeting.