Response

When an emergency occurs Emergency Management works with a variety of agencies to coordinate response activity. The preparedness activity prior to an incident sets the tone for proper response. Planning efforts mean that we can turn to the County Emergency Operations Plan for guidance on the type of incident. Exercise activity means that responders have used scenario-based disaster drills to test the planning and training, and the exercise identifies shortfalls and areas for improvement. Large incidents rarely involve a single agency so a response should occur within the standards and guidance of local, state, and national regulations. Learn more about how Woodford County responds on this page.

Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a product of federal legislation that was passed in the wake of the Bhopal disaster in India, where more than 2,000 people died because of an accident involving accidental release of a hazardous chemical.

To prevent similar occurrences in our own communities, Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), also known as the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III), in 1986.

EPCRA helps to increase public knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, thier uses, and releases into the environment. LEPCs are volunteer organizations that consist of emergency responders, industry, government, education, media, and community groups. Their main functions are to provide for joint emergency planning, training, and public outreach. As a result, communities, working with industry, are better able to protect public health and the environment.

Division of Emergency Management

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) is a division of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs and its role and function are governed by legislative action as dictated in Chapter 39 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes. KYEM staff is primarily located in Frankfort on Boone National Guard Center and 11 Regional Response Offices located throughout the state and has many internal programs, including planning, training, and mitigation. The Region 11 office provides coverage for most central Kentucky counties, including Woodford.

Woodford County has the opportunity to collaborate closely with most programs at KYEM due to our proximity to Frankfort. This is also holds true for other state agencies such as the Department for Public Health, Department for Environmental Protection, and Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. Our strong program and professional relationship with these agencies has lead to speedier response times from state and federal resources.

Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement

This agreement, endorsed by KYEM, is between each county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It outlines the importance of having each county respond in a coordinated manner to restore the public safety, health, and welfare of a community stricken by a disaster.

Woodford County as an entity that has chosen to become a party to this agreement, is trained on the provision for the furnishing and exchanging equipment, facilities, personnel and services to other entities requesting mutual aid and assistance due to a disaster.

KYEM regions have the responsibility to carry out the coordination of information and resources within the region and between the state and regional levels to ensure effective and efficient support to local response, including oversight of the statewide mutual aid agreement.

National Response Framework

The National Response Framework (NRF) presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies. It establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response. The National Response Plan was replaced by the National Response Framework effective March 22, 2008.

The National Response Framework defines the principles, roles, and structures that organize how we respond as a nation. The National Response Framework:

  • describes how communities, tribes, states, the federal government, private-sectors, and nongovernmental partners work together to coordinate national response;
  • describes specific authorities and best practices for managing incidents; and
  • builds upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent template for managing incidents.

Information on the National Response Framework including Documents, Annexes, References and Briefings/Trainings can be accessed from the NRF Resource Center.

Incident Management System

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment.

NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.

More information about NIMS can be found at the FEMA NIMS Resource Center.