Project Details

Lancaster County EOP and RERP Revisions

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Lancaster County EOP and RERP Revisions

The Challenge
The Lancaster County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) required updating to bring it in consonance with the most recent version of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Emergency Operations Plan. In addition, Lancaster County wished to consolidate its two off-site Radiological Emergency Response Plans (RERPs) for incidents at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station and the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station into a single document while converting the plans into true annexes of the all-hazard Lancaster County EOP. The Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency (LEMA) wanted to ensure that the updated document met the criteria of NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1.

LEMA also needed a template document for use by the County’s at-risk municipalities that could be used to align their individual off-site emergency response plans with the new County RERP. Lancaster County EOC staff then required training on the new documents to ensure effective implementation.

The Solution
Delta worked closely with LEMA staff and planners at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to customize the latest County EOP template as Lancaster County’s EOP. Delta conducted an in-depth analysis of the existing EOP to ensure that all of the still-applicable information was transferred into the new EOP, while outdated information was updated or deleted. Delta verified the Concept of Operations and organization of responsibilities with LEMA staff, and thoroughly reviewed the primary and support agencies for each of the Emergency Support Functions.

To consolidate the RERPs, Delta first identified information within each of the original plans that could apply to the response to all hazards. This information was moved to the County EOP. Delta then examined each plan for common content, and used this information to build the basic plan, common appendices (e.g., communications, exposure control), specific procedures (e.g., monitoring and decontamination, dosimetry and potassium iodide distribution), and emergency response checklists for each Emergency Operations Center (EOC) position with a role to play during the response to an incident at a nuclear power plant. The remaining power plant-specific information (e.g., evacuation routes, relocation centers, special needs facilities lists) was captured in facility-specific appendices and organized by the EOC staff position that would need to have that information.

The new EOP and RERP were then crosswalked to the requirements of NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1 to ensure that the plan met federal requirements and best practices. The crosswalk was also useful in showing federal evaluators of the biennial off-site emergency response exercise where each of the planning requirements were met in the County’s emergency plans, as the new RERP is formatted differently than the evaluators are accustomed to seeing.

Delta also created a municipal RERP template so that the at-risk municipalities would have a reformatted plan that conformed to the content and structure of the County RERP. The municipal template will capture hazard-specific information while moving the all-hazard content of the existing RERPs to the latest version of the municipal EOP template.

All planning activity culminated in Delta providing training to LEMA and Lancaster County 911 Center staff and other County officials, orienting them to the new documents’ format and content.

The Result
Delta created an updated EOP for Lancaster County, consolidated its two RERPs, and developed a RERP template for at-risk municipalities. Delta also provided training on the new documents for LEMA and Lancaster County 911 Center staff.