Plans are developed, evaluated and revised through an ongoing planning process which includes stakeholders from all levels of government, as well as private sector and non-profit partners. Planning areas of focus include:
Emergency Operations Planning (EOP) – OES works to ensure that essential services provided by the County can be supported and sustained during an emergency incident impacting local infrastructure.
Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) – Plans are developed and revised to reflect the business continuity needs of local organizations, ensuring that during an incident, essential services can continue to be provided throughout Monterey County, and that essential business operations can continue with as little disruption as possible.
Access and Functional Needs – Ensuring that the needs of Monterey County residents who would be most severely impacted during an emergency incident are taken into account during the planning process. This includes working with partner public and private agencies within the county who work most closely with vulnerable populations.
Risk Communications – Communicating with the public and partner organizations during any disaster is essential. OES works to ensure that all planning efforts are reflective of how to integrate appropriate agency Public Information Officers (PIOs), media outlets, community partners, and the public into any message dissemination.
Plan Maintenance – Plans are tested and exercised on a regular basis, in compliance with the Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP). This helps to ensure lessons learned are continually captured, and corrective actions are put in place so all plans are as efficient as possible and reflective of the most up-to-date and accurate information.