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Wichita, KS 67203
To increase the likelihood of business survival in the event of a disaster. The purpose of a business
continuity plan is to restore an organization’s critical business operations as
quickly as possible after an unforeseen disruption. This will minimize
its operational and financial impact.
When the economic climate is favorable, business continuity planning is not a
priority. Even when profits are down, business continuity planning is the first
item to be cut from the budget. About 60 percent of businesses suffering a
catastrophic loss due to a disaster were not in business two years later. No
data is available to identify the financial health of the survivors and the size
of surviving organizations is unknown. However, larger organizations tend to
have a better chance as they have the resources to return readily to normal
Many disasters result in common problems such as flood, fire, high winds,
and even power failure which may require the organization to relocate to
continue operations. Developing a full-scale business continuity plan requires
time and resources. Evidence of a successful business continuity plan in
disaster recovery had been attributed to the use of an effective planning
methodology, carefully customized for the organization.
The need for business continuity plans for an organization cannot be
over-emphasized to include the following reasons:
The failure to deliver its critical services to customers can result in:
In general, the tangible loss to any organization includes:
The potential effect of a disaster to an organization can result in:
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the
Administration (GSA) have created templates that can be used by both
private government and public businesses in the creation of Continuity of
Operation Plans (COOP). An interim emergency plan template developed by
Forbes Calamity Prevention is a good starting tool until a COOP is
created. A review of
Hazards Analysis Plan can assist in identifying known hazards that have or
could potentially impact businesses. Please contact Sedgwick County
Emergency Management at 660-5959 if you have any questions, would like further
assistance in COOP, or to review your plans.
The mission of the Sedgwick County Local Emergency Planning
Committee (LEPC) shall be to fulfill the requirements of the Superfund
Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, commonly known as SARA Title III.
In addition, the LEPC shall be an all-hazards planning committee to
include: information sharing, community planning, exercise
design/implementation, the critique of emergency incidents—real or exercised,
other activities aimed at efficient, compassionate, and rapid response to
disaster survivors’, care-givers’, and workers’ needs in times of disasters.
As required by the Emergency Planning and
Community-Right-to-Know Act (Public Law 99-499) and K.S.A. 65-5701 et seq., the
public is provided with notice through this web site that Emergency Operations
Plans, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and Tier II forms have been submitted
by the regulated business entities within Sedgwick County and are available for
inspection at Sedgwick County Emergency Management, 714 N. Main St., Wichita,
Kansas 67203 during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
Meetings are typically held at 2:00 PM at the Public Safety Building (714 N Main Street,
Wichita) quarterly on the first Thursday
starting in February of each year.
Membership of the LEPC as a minimum shall consist of
representatives of the following and in accordance to EPCRA Section 301(c)
The Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) is designed to
address natural and manmade hazards that could adversely affect the County. The
LEOP applies to all county government departments and agencies that are tasked
to provide assistance in a disaster or emergency situation. It describes the
fundamental policies, strategies, and general concept of operations to be used
in control of the emergency from its onset through the post disaster phase.
The LEOP is an all-hazards plan that addresses evacuations;
sheltering; post-disaster response and recovery; deployment of resources;
communications, and warning systems. It also defines the responsibilities of
county departments and volunteer organizations. The LEOP describes the basic
strategies, assumptions and mechanisms through which the County will mobilize
resources and conduct activities to guide and support local emergency management
efforts through preparedness, response, recovery, and prevention. To facilitate
effective operations, the LEOP adopts a functional approach that groups the
types of assistance to be provided into 15 Emergency Support Functions (ESF).
The 15 LEOP ESFs mirror the National Response Framework (NRF) and the Kansas
Response Plan (KRP).
The Basic Plan provides an overview of emergency organization
and policies. It describes the overall approach to disaster response and
recovery operations and assigns responsibilities for emergency tasks. The ESF
Annexes detail the organization, roles and responsibilities of government and
cooperating agencies for coordinating emergency response and recovery efforts.
Special Incident Annexes are designed for those emergency response and recovery
activities unique to a particular hazard.
ESF3 Public Works
ESF4 Fire Fighting
ESF5 Emergency Management
ESF6 Mass Care and Housing
ESF7 Resource Support
ESF8 Public Health and Medical Services
ESF9 Search and Rescue
ESF10 Hazardous Materials
ESF11 Agriculture and Natural Resources
ESF12 Energy and Utilities
ESF13 Public Safety
ESF14 Long Term Recovery
ESF15 Public Information and External Communications
Incident Annex - Biological
Incident Annex - Terrorism
The Sedgwick County
Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan takes risk assessment and hazard
vulnerability information developed from the All-Hazards Analysis and proceeds
to identify sustained actions that reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people
and property from hazards and their effects. Mitigation focuses on breaking the
cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. This plan is a
federal requirement under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and provides for
mitigation funding and other federal funded programs.
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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