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As a local government providing essential services, including police and fire emergency response, the City plays a primary role in any emergency -- a pandemic, natural disaster, local incident or homeland security threat. The blueprint Plymouth uses to respond to all types of emergencies is the City's Emergency Operations Plan.
Police Chief Mike Goldstein has worked with state and county groups to integrate Plymouth's plan with other levels of government so all agencies can prepare and respond better in case of an emergency. The City is also developing plans for how it would continue essential services in the event of a pandemic or any other incident.
Emergency plans provide a template for integrating and coordinating resources during and after an emergency. The process of updating an emergency plan, as Plymouth recently did, leaves government better able to respond in an emergency because it requires that officials identify vulnerabilities, inventory resources, outline responsibilities and coordinate communication.
Local government will be on the front line in any emergency as it provides police and fire emergency response, water and sewer service and high priority public information. That is why Plymouth keeps its plan current and trains regularly.
Just as government is preparing, it's important that families also develop preparedness plans. Take some time to think about what supplies your family would need in an emergency and how you would contact each other. Businesses should also have up-to-date emergency plans. For help getting started, please check out the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's web site, www.ready.gov.
Emergency Resource Information
Knowing what to do in case of an emergency or severe weather can be important to your safety. These links are good resources to help you learn more about these topics.