Emergency Planning


Forms & Resources

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

County / Local Emergency Operations Plans

Each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties is required  in accordance with the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code or Title 35, Pa. C.S.A. Section 7503 (1) to prepare, maintain, and keep current an emergency operations plan for the prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by disaster, prompt, and effective response to disaster and disaster emergency relief and recovery in consonance with the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP).

Using the same format as the CEOP, county EOPs are functional plans containing several hazard-specific annexes. These EOPs define the organization, concept of operations and responsibilities of the departments and agencies of county governments and their municipalities in the prevention of, protections for, mitigation for, response to, and recovery from disasters.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Information

What is NIMS?

NIMS is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It is intended to:

      • Be applicable across a full spectrum of potential incidents, hazards, and impacts, regardless of size, location or complexity.
      • Improve coordination and cooperation between public and private entities in a variety of incident management activities.
      • Provide a common standard for overall incident management.

To read all General FAQ’s about NIMS click here.

NIMS Directive 2014-03NIMS Implementation Strategy

About the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

CISA works with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborate to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.

CISA is the operational lead for federal cybersecurity and the national coordinator for critical infrastructure security and resilience. We are designed for collaboration and partnership. Learn more about their layered mission to reduce risk to the nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure by visiting them at CISA.gov .

Some more useful topics include the following. See full list on their website under the “Topics” tab

Water & Wastewater Cybersecurity ToolkitEmergency Communications

Utilize the tabs below to locate pertinent information and documents related to your municipality or entity.

Download, print or complete (fillable forms) to help strengthen your emergency preparedness and response plans.

Resource Request Forms

2023/2024 Salt Request Info2023/2024 Salt Request Form

PEMA Resource Request FormLaw Enforcement Request FormGenerator Request Form

Logistics/Transport Request FormState Managed Sheltering Request FormWater Supply Request FormCyber Event Checklist

** All COMPLETED Resource Requests form shall be emailed to eoc@ncem-pa.org for processing.

Municipal Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Documents

EOP TemplateEOP Functional ChecklistNotification & Resource Manual – NaRM

Other Useful Municipal Documents / Information

Disaster Declaration FormShelter Tracking SheetIncident Action Plan Template

Useful Websites

Institution of Higher Learning Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Documentation / Information


Other Useful Institution of Higher Learning Planning Resources / Documents

US Dept. of Education Helpful HintsHigher Education EM Program Needs Assessment

Useful Websites

Day Care / Child Care Facility Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Documents

Child Care EOPChild Care EOP Planning GuideChild Care EOP ChecklistChild Care EOP Supporting Documents

Houses of Worship Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Information


Looking for additional assistance or guidance?

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has created the CEM Planner to assist local and county agencies during their planning processes. The CEM Planner is planning software utilizing a continual preparedness system designed to enhance planning and resource management capabilities. CEM Planner is a central access point for every stakeholder of a plan to view the most current and up-to-date plan for that entity. The program guides you through every step of the planning process. It is designed so that individual sections of your plan can be updated and approved, without the need for a complete plan revision.

Plans developed are then stored in a secured and centralized virtual library assuring every stakeholder is viewing the most up-to-date plan. CEM Planner is web-based allowing you to access your plans from virtually anywhere, adding to your continuity of operations program and the ability to operate from any location.

Mr. Michael F. Rinker

EM Planning Manager

(610) 746-3194 x3231 EMAIL