Franklin County Joint Emergency Operations Center (JEOC) Incident Management Structure –Crisis Action System (CAS)
- The Franklin County Assessment Room/JEOC may be staffed for a number of reasons to include natural, man-made, and technological emergencies that affect a single or multiple jurisdictions within Franklin County. The decision to staff the JEOC is ultimately determined by the Director of Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) or his/her designee. Incident Commanders and Jurisdictional CEOs (i.e. County Commissioner, Mayor, Township Trustee, etc.) may request activation of the County JEOC, which may necessitate the opening of the Franklin County Assessment Room and/or the County JEOC. The FCEM&HS Director may choose to increase the level of readiness and response under the Crisis Action System (CAS). The CAS ensures that the level of scalable resource response corresponds to the level of emergency and/or disaster affecting the jurisdiction(s).
- CAS Level Normal (NORMAL DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS)
The Franklin County Assessment Room and JEOC are readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the event an incident within Franklin County requires support.
- CAS Level #1 – Situation Awareness and Assessment (ASSESSMENT ROOM)
The declaration of CAS Level # 1 (CAS-1) begins a formal assessment process that is structured to create situational awareness, stimulate communication among FCEM&HS staff, and facilitate ongoing information sharing and consultation by FCEM&HS with jurisdictions to assess and monitor an incident from the time of inception. The Franklin County Assessment Room is manned by key staff persons to monitor the situation. In most cases, these will be the Primary and Backup On-Call duty officers but could include additional staff persons and/or volunteers.
Under CAS-1 operations, the Director may decide to produce a Situation Report (SitRep) on a schedule scaled to the incident’s intensity and/or complexity.
Depending upon the course of development of the incident, CAS-1 will either be brought to closure or transitioned to CAS Level #2.
- CAS Level #2 – Increased Monitoring/County and City Agencies Providing Direct Assistance (JEOC)
Under CAS Level #2 (CAS-2), partial activation of County Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) comprised of City, County, and/or other agency liaisons may be asked to respond to the County JEOC to support and assist response and recovery coordination efforts. This coordinated response and recovery will provide information relevant to the incident and assess the needs of the jurisdictions within Franklin County as the incident progresses. Information is sent to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) to provide situational awareness and foster information sharing.
Under CAS-2 operations, a SitRep will be produced on a schedule, scaled to the incident’s intensity and/or complexity.
Depending upon the course of development of the incident, CAS-2 will be brought to closure, scaled back to a CAS-1, or transitioned to CAS Level #3.
- CAS Level #3 – City/County Resources with State and/or Federal Response Assistance (EJOC)
The CAS Level #3 (CAS-3) is a Full Activation of the JEOC that requires the majority of ESF City, County and/or other agency liaison support. Additional support from the state and federal levels also may be required to assist in fulfilling mission requirements. Information is sent to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) to provide situational awareness and foster information sharing.
Under CAS-3 operations, a SitRep will be produced on a schedule scaled to the incident’s intensity and/or complexity.
Depending upon the course of the incident, CAS-3 will either be brought to closure or scaled down to a CAS Level #2.