A detailed plan is now in place to allow the County of Wayne to be able to function should an emergency interrupt the normal routine, affecting either personnel or the county’s infrastructure.

Entitled the Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plan, the Wayne County Commissioners unanimously approved it at their meeting Thursday afternoon.


 A detailed plan is now in place to allow the County of Wayne to be able to function should an emergency interrupt the normal routine, affecting either personnel or the county’s infrastructure.
Entitled the Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plan, the Wayne County Commissioners unanimously approved it at their meeting Thursday afternoon.
Steve Price, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director, was present with Stephanie Brown, a consultant with Cocciardi & Associates, Inc., of Moosic, which was hired to develop and write the plan. Meetings were held with county officials and department heads, to gather input.
A wide variety of hazards are covered, both those that are manmade and natural. The latter may include the current H1N1 pandemic, said Brown, in the event that the virus hit so hard that a large number of county personnel were off sick at one time.
The plan was developed over a nine month period and was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It was done through the Northeast Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of eight counties across the region. Each county has a similar plan, but specifically detailed to their own needs.
Each plan provides the county with direction in an emergency, and outlines what resources are available, personnel contact information and how computer information is linked.
Should a disaster take the courthouse, for instance, the plan will detail where county offices would be set up, including the court.
Price said that the plan is a secure document and will not be released to the general public.
Editor's note: A more complete story appears in the Friday print edition.