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This guide provides step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program. It can be used by manufacturers, corporate offices, retailers, utilities or any organization where a sizable number of people work or gather.

Homeland Security Family Communication Plan

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. This is the Department of Homeland Security's suggested family communications plan.


The Local Emergency Operations Plan has been developed to ensure prior mitigation and preparedness, appropriate response, and timely recovery from natural or man-made hazards affecting Cobb County. The plan was last adopted by the Board of Commissioners on August 8, 2017. The plan is considered a living document and can be updated as needed by Cobb EMA in coordination with partner agencies.

The plan is organized based on plan criteria outlined by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and contains 15 emergency support functions that can be staffed within the Emergency Operations Center as needed during response and recovery operations. The individuals staffing these emergency support functions serve as EMA’s subject matter experts, contributing to a well coordinated response to emergencies.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are the responsibility of the lead community agency or organization for each emergency support function, in coordination with other assisting agencies and organizations.

Immediately after an emergency, essential services may be cut off, and local disaster relief and government responders may not be able to reach you right away. Knowing what to do to protect yourself and your household is essential.

This guide describes how to prepare for most disasters, includes safety tips and provides information about emergency water and food. Common sense actions for one emergency event can apply to others. Being informed, remaining calm and having a plan are key to your safety.

As we learned from recent events in our nation’s history, the following things can happen after an emergency or terrorist attack:

  • Significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and the infrastructure may occur. Your employers need current contact numbers and medical information.
  • Heavy public safety involvement at the local, state and federal levels will follow a terrorist attack.
  • Emergency medical and mental health resources in your community may be strained or overwhelmed.
  • Extensive media coverage will follow these events and strong public fear and international implications may arise for an extended time.
  • Workplaces,schools and businesses may close, suspend operations, or modify schedules, and travel may be restricted.
  • You and your household may have to evacuate or relocate for a period of time.
  • Cleanup may take many months.

This guide should serve as your foundation for disaster preparedness and safety. Since special conditions exist in every neighborhood, follow specific instructions for your immediate area.

"Dedicated to Hazardous Materials Safety in Cobb County, GA.

Cobb County Resource Council / LEPC
P.O. Box 6010
Marietta, Georgia 30065
Phone: 770-528-8350