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Levels of EM Activation

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Incident Escalation

Douglas County’s Emergency Management system is activated in levels that proceed in sequence from levels 1 through 4 based on a corresponding escalation of the severity, complexity and consequences from a Community Emergency or Natural Disaster (CEND) incident. As a CEND incident develops, these activation levels are communicated to personnel who directly support the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency (DCEMA).  The activation level informs them as to our response status within the life cycle of the CEND incident.  The DCEMA Activation Levels are defined below:

Level 1 – Communications Alert

An informational message is received by DCEMA related to a potential threat and, as a result, one or more identified resources may be alerted to stand by. Response is limited to exchange of information among stakeholders regarding the existing threat and potential consequences (Example: Monitoring weather forecasts for indication of potential severe weather).

Level 2 – Assessment of Risk with Proactive Measures

DCEMA will observe the situation and conditions and initiate appropriate actions and take proactive measures in response to the perceived threat. Information is compiled and disseminated to and from DCEMA (Example: Deployment of storm spotters to designated watch points to observe and report developing weather conditions).

Level 3 – Incident Occurrence

At Level 3, local assets are activated in response to the occurrence of a CEND incident that causes public disruption. DCEMA is notified and coordinates resource deployment in order to facilitate an organized response to the incident. Notifications are made to the Emergency Management Senior Advisory Team (EMSAT). Local government officials and selected resource entities are recalled to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as needed. The media is informed of the incident. Information and resource deployment occurs as described above in Level 2 and selected resource entities may be remotely engaged or recalled to the EOC. Local or Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) resources are sufficient to respond to and recover from the event. A Local Disaster Declaration may be issued and / or the response and recovery funded locally (Example: Storm or tornado has occurred but the scope and severity of impact is such that locally available resources are sufficient to meet needs generated by the event).

Level 4 – Request for Additional Resources

In addition to the response activities for the event as described above in Level 3, multiple resource entities are recalled to supplement and/or replace local resources damaged or expended. Coordination with Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yields additional assistance from selected non-local resources (Example: Storm or tornado has occurred and the scope and severity of impact is sufficiently complex as to generate need for assistance from state).

All Level 3 and 4 CEND incidents are followed by a period of demobilization and recovery.

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