County Emergency Plans

Cochise County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan

In 2012, a planning team comprised of representatives from around Cochise County worked collaboratively to produce the Cochise County Multi-jurisdictional Mitigation Plan. The planning team was tasked with developing a multi-hazard mitigation plan for Cochise County and all incorporated jurisdictions within the County, according to The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K).

The DMA2K requires all local, county, tribal and state governments to have a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible for certain federal disaster mitigation funds. This plan focuses on the county's most prevalent hazards and provides a strategy to reduce or eliminate the risk from those hazards. In October 2012, the plan was approved by FEMA and adopted by the County Board of Supervisors and all incorporated municipalities within Cochise County. The plan will be reviewed and updated as necessary on an annual basis.

Emergency Response & Recovery Plan - Basic Plan Only

The Cochise County Emergency Response and Recovery Plan (CCERRP) is designed to address the consequences of any disaster or emergency situation in which there is a need for response assistance at any and all levels of government. This plan is applicable to natural disasters, technological emergencies and other incidences requiring assistance. The plan and procedures describe the basic mechanisms and structures by which the three levels of government (Local, State and Federal) will mobilize resources and conduct activities to augment county response efforts. The CCERRP has four sections: a Basic Plan, Emergency Operations Center operational section and the additional two subsections cover functional response and department procedures.

Basic Plan / EOP

The basic section is dedicated to limiting the effects of any disaster through knowledge, planning, exercising, mitigation and efficient recovery. In Part 1- the Basic Plan covers policy and operational concepts.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Operations

In Part 2 - the operations of the EOC is provided to cover the stand-up of the EOC in times of disaster for large incidents and extended operations.

Response Plan (Functional / Hazard Specific)

The response section includes Cochise County's response plan annexes for hazard independent and hazard-specific emergencies. An All-hazards approach is found in 15 areas of Emergency Support Function areas and hazard-specific areas as determined by Cochise County's Hazard Analysis. Both areas in these annexes support the National Incident Management System (NIMS). In addition, Support Annexes that detail further EOC and Response operations are included in this section.

Department Specific (Procedural Checklists & Additional Detailed Plans)

The procedural section includes Cochise County's Response Plan Annexes for hazard and non-hazard specific emergencies. Here each functional area can use checklists to handle their area of an emergency. Annexes support the National Incident Management System (NIMS) emergency support functions as well as hazard-specific responses.

This plan serves as the foundation for further development of detailed plans and procedures for Department Responses to enable efficient, cost-effective implementation of response activities.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Adopted in December 2014, the Cochise County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) was developed in response to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) of 2003 for the at-risk cities and unincorporated areas in Cochise County. The Cochise County CWPP has been developed to assist local governments, fire departments and districts, and residents to identify lands-including federal lands-at risk from severe wildfire threat and to identify strategies for reducing hazardous vegetative fuels within the WUI while improving watershed and rangeland health, supporting local industry and local economies, and improving public and firefighter safety and response capabilities.

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Plan

On October 17, 1986, the United States Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to ensure that the citizens in each community in the United States are safe from the harmful effects from hazardous material releases. This Hazardous Material Emergency Response Plan is a required product identified in EPCRA. This plan contains criteria for the various actions to occur during a hazardous material release within Cochise County. This plan is intended to provide an overview of expected actions to be taken by county citizens, businesses, organizations, responders, and/or senior community leaders for a community hazardous material release.