County Nearing Completion of New Emergency Operations Plan

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WARREN, Pa. – Warren County is putting the finishing touches on a new emergency operations plan, a process that has been nearly a year in the making.

Public Safety Director Ken McCorrison, speaking at Monday’s commissioners’ work session, said that the new plan will allow for quicker responses to large incidents.

“This is something that we’ve been working on for the better part of the year,” McCorrison said. “I’m content the plan is where it needs to be. Once its approved by the commissioners, we’ll send it to the municipalities. To be frank, we took the plan and took it from a multi-page document to a workable, usable document. It’s very user-friendly, very straightforward.”

Commissioner Tricia Durbin asked McCorrison if anything that occurred during COVID that called for a significant pivot to the plan.

“We did mention the pandemic as a factor in our plan,” McCorrison said. “It’s something we have a subsection for. Again, we’re really happy with where it’s at.”

McCorrison also explained that in a typical plan, there are 14 emergency support functions, but the county will have less than that.

“Under a typical plan there are 14, but we’ll have the ability to pivot with four or five key people who can manage a large incident,” he said. “This allows us to do more with less. Four to five key people could manage a larger incident in this plan.”