The Operations Program at Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) is responsible for supporting all tactical activities, across multiple jurisdictions, focused on reducing the immediate hazard, saving lives and property, establishing situational control, and restoring normal operations before, during and after a natural or man-made disaster. The program is responsible for implementing plans and procedures developed by the Planning Program; oversight of the Warning and Resources Programs; incorporating information technology and effectively using it to support situational awareness and the common operational picture; and managing the activities of the Franklin County Emergency Operations Center (FCEOC). Through analysis of constantly changing information, development of objectives and strategies, and coordination with internal programs and external agencies, Operations helps assure FCEM&HS functions efficiently and effectively in support of all the counties jurisdictions during all stages of an emergency. The Operations Program functions include, but are not limited to:
- Plan, manage, implement and coordinate emergency planning activities including: resource management, operational readiness, geographic information systems (GIS) and capability development;
- Plan, manage, maintain, implement and coordinate citizen warning and mass notification activities including: Outdoor Warning Sirens (OWS) and the Franklin County mass notification system – Alert Franklin County;
- Plan, manage, implement and coordinate emergency resource management activities;
- Manage operational activities of the FCEOC, including: Emergency Support Function (ESF) personnel assignment, training and equipping; develop standard operating procedures; coordinate information technology; and maintain the equipment and FCEOC capabilities;
- Develop recommendations regarding program goals and objectives;
- Attend emergency management meetings at the local and state levels; work cooperatively with county and city departments, other disciplines and jurisdictions to enhance coordination and improve emergency response capabilities.