The Lincoln County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is a set of guidelines and procedures developed to assist in the emergency response effort within the County.
The Plan parallels the National Response Plan (NRP) and incorporates guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as lessons learned from disasters and emergencies that have threatened Lincoln County in the past. The plan is in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Major emergencies and disaster incidents are unique events that present the community and emergency personnel with extraordinary problems and challenges that cannot be adequately addressed within the routine operations of government. Since disasters differ in important ways, and it is impossible to plan for every contingency, highly detailed operational procedures are avoided in the plan in favor of a streamlined all-hazards preparedness approach.
Twin Falls County has many individual departments that may not have detailed operation procedures; therefore, this plan acts as fundamental guidance for emergency response. The coordination of this plan and standard operating procedures within the EOP is an ongoing process through regular training and exercises.
Implementation of the EOP will require extensive cooperation, collaboration, and training. I ask for your continued cooperation and assistance as we implement our community EOP. I thank you and look forward to working with you to continue to improve our ability to protect our citizens.