Emergency Operations Plans
Emergency Operations Plans, or EOP, are a set of predetermined plans, procedures and practices to be used under a state of emergency. A state of emergency may exist within the organization, or be an official State of Emergency as declared by an authorized public official.
EOPs typically identify a Crisis Management Team or other similarly designated team to serve as key leaders in the event of a significant disruption. As emergencies require decision-making in a time-compressed, uncertain, and dynamic environment, leadership is afforded discretion to act outside usual practices and policies.
EOPs must be compatible and compliant with various regulatory bodies and 1st response organizations servicing the organization. The training aspect of an EOP provides an excellent opportunity to build collaborative relationships with area 1st response organizations to more effectively respond to an emergency.
Central to any EOP is the safety and well being of people. Customers, staff, and visitors, are to be protected with every effort. An EOP should include policies and mandatory drills for fire safety, environmental hazards, such as earthquake, tornado, or other severe weather, as well as workplace violence or active shooter incidents. Certain high-risk organizations may require additional specific hazard plans for the safety of facility occupants.
EOPs must also include procedures for protecting the environment and organizations assets from further damage following a disaster. Further objectives to protect customer information, organizational reputation, and emergency communications strategies must also be addressed in an effective EOP.
Resiliency Partners has developed, assessed, or exercised a wide variety of EOPs for public and private sector organizations. We have found it very beneficial to our clients to combine an EOP with a simulation training exercise. Effective planning and training produces superior results in a disruption!