The St. Lawrence County Department of Emergency Services annouced today that they are hosting a free Emergency Management and Operations.
Ice storms, microbursts, wildfires, hazardous material spills, floods and other disasters can happen anytime. When they do, the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated to manage the disaster response operations.
An activated EOC's staff can include county personnel, law enforcement, utility crews, volunteer organizations, community leaders and elected officials. To coordinate all that is involved in managing relief efforts, requesting assistance to state and federal agencies and keeping the public informed can be a daunting task. This EOC course is designed to teach that staff the basics in managing the EOC.
This two day course is being offered Apr 4-5 in conjuction with the New York State Emergency Management Office and titled "Organizing and Managing the Local Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
The NY OEM just recently developed this course and will tailor it specifically for St. Lawrence County.
The EOC course will address the DHS Target Capability of providing Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) for incident management through the activation and operation of the emergency operations center (EOC).
The course is divided into two parts. Part one, on the first day, is classroom instruction and covers how to manage and operate as a staff member in an EOC and includes:
- EOC Basics and Legal Aspects
- Coordination, Cooperation, and Communication
- EOC Staffing and Organization
- EOC Activation
- Incident Command System
- Agency Participation
- Emergency Support Functions
- Management and Support Staff
- EOC Management
- Meetings and Briefings
- Incident Action Planning
- Emergency Declarations and Orders
- Standard procedures and Job Aids for the EOC
On the second day, the participants will react to a simulated disaster. In the exercise scenario, a dam has failed on the Raquette River flooding communities downstream. The flood waters will cause the evacuation of homes, power failures and other disasterous effects. Course participants will then put what they learned on day one to work to respond to this disaster.
There is no fee for this course and participants who actively participate and attend all hours of the program will receive a Certificate of Completion.
The class location is at the St. Lawrence County BOCES Center, 40 West Main Street Canton, NY. Class on Apr 4 is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and on Apr 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- All participants should come already familiar with the jurisdiction’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)
- EOC operating procedures and guidelines
- The emergency management responsibilities of their home agencies
- Participants should also have an understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS) and have completed training, at a minimum, at the I-100 ‘Introduction to the Incident Command System’ level. This program can be completed on-line at http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is100.asp.
Who Should Attend? Individuals identified to staff the St. Lawrence County emergency operations center as agency representatives or management, first responders. volunteer organizations involved in emergency management and support personnel. Elected and appointed individuals throughout the county are also encouraged to attend.
The Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) (https://www.nyslearn.ny.gov/) will be used for course registration Please click on the link below for information on how to validate/obtain an account within the New York State Learning Management System: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/training/slms/SLMS_ExternalUserRegistration.pdf.
The registration deadline is 5 pm Mar 19, 2013.
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