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Hazard Mitigation
In coordination with a variety of partner organizations, we analyze the natural and man-made hazards that the county faces, determine our vulnerability to those threats, and develop ways to minimize or eliminate the damage they pose. In some cases, this may involve the construction of physical barriers (dams to protect an area from flooding, brush removal to prevent the spread of a wildland fire, etc.). In other cases, it may be accomplished by rules and regulations (prohibition of certain construction activities in designated floodplains, designation of routes for transportation of hazardous materials, etc.). This planning is documented in the Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. As a part of this planning effort, hazard mitigation plans were developed for all of the 24 incorporated cities and towns in the county.
Maricopa County Emergency Operations Plan
We develop the county’s overall plan for response to, and recovery from, major emergencies. In doing so, we closely follow the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which was established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure a common disaster response framework throughout the nation. The plan has been carefully coordinated with the State of Arizona Emergency Response and Recovery Plan and the emergency operations plans of the cities and towns in the county. To view the plan, please call us at 602-273-1411.
Homeland Security
We assist in the development of the Central Region (Maricopa County) homeland security strategy and help the various cities, towns, tribes, and independent fire districts integrate their efforts into that strategy. We also assist them in complying with the rules and procedures they need to follow to receive the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant funds that are so critical to establishing and maintaining a capability to prevent or respond to terrorist events.
Communications and Warning
We maintain, monitor and test a variety of fixed, mobile and portable radios; monitor and test a warning siren system within a 10-mile radius surrounding the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
We provide assistance in disaster planning and mass casualty management exercises and drills for hospitals and nursing homes in the county.
We provide assistance in emergency planning to approximately 1000 schools and school districts in Maricopa County.
Public Awareness
We provide speakers to organizations on various themes concerning Emergency Preparedness: Desert Survival, Palo Verde Planning, Flood Hazard Response, Weapons of Mass Destruction, etc. We provide tours of the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and instructions in disaster preparedness.
Disaster Assistance
We provide damage assessment support following a disaster to teams that are surveying areas to determine eligibility for state and federal assistance. Affected county and city/town agencies are briefed and Local Assistance Centers are opened, if necessary, to aid local jurisdictions and individuals in recovering from losses incurred during the disaster.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
We have been using GIS for several years to support all aspects of our operations. We have access to hundreds of spatial databases and aerial photograph catalogs. GIS is used to perform hazard analyses before an incident, as a response tool to provide an integrated view of the incident in our EOC, and as a tool to aid our post-disaster recovery efforts.
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
We serve as the administrative agency for the Maricopa County LEPC, established under the authority of the Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act (SARA) of 1986. Additionally, we serve as the repository and point of contact for information submitted in accordance with the Community Right-to-Know provision of SARA.
Citizen Corps
We coordinate the establishment of, and assist in the maintenance of, the Arizona Central Region Citizen Corps Council (ACRCCC). The ACRCCC is the umbrella group for local Citizen Corps councils throughout the county and for the five citizens' volunteer program affiliated with them:
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Fire Corps
Assistance to Incorporated Jurisdictions
Assist cities and towns with which the county has an intergovernmental agreement in developing their own emergency plans and training programs.

NOTE: Through Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA), staff members are assigned as liaisons to incorporated cities and towns to provide assistance in the preparation of local emergency plans and training programs.



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