Warren County’s emergency plans

The odds of a severe natural disaster striking Warren County are never particularly high.

But county officials are planning just in case.

A county emergency operations plan was brought before the Warren County Commissioners at Monday’s work session.

Todd Lake, public safety director, said that 70 percent of the plan is non-public given that it includes names, contact information and tactics.

He said the plan dates back to the civil defense days of the Cold War and is a plan for “large scale” disasters, whether natural or something like a Hazmat spill.

The plan is very generic and Scott Rose, deputy public safety director, said “that’s the intent.”

Lake said it includes checklists on who is responsible for what in a disaster situation.

“It’s not names, it’s the position,” he explained. “The commissioner’s job is to be with me or whatever and be the main oversight at the 100,000 (foot) level.”

Lake said that there would be training sessions later this year to be followed by a table-top practice exercise.

“The names have changed and the faces have changed (so it) will be good re-identifying with all these things so everyone is aware of their positions,” he added.

Lake said the plan is to be approved by the commissioners every five years, making it due in 2015. He said they’re “a little behind” on it but noted that it is reviewed annually and that there have not been significant changes to the potential risks in the county.

He added that the most frequent changes are names and contact information as people change positions or businesses.

The document, he explained, includes contact information for a host of service that could be needed. He said that even includes a firm that could come in to address an extensive bee infestation.

The plan will be before the commissioners at their next regular meeting on September 12.

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