Castle Rock set to review emergency policies

Posted 2/11/19

It's a plan rarely put into use, but it's one of Castle Rock's most important tools for responding to large-scale or serious events. The Incident Management Guidelines and Standards plan, sometimes …

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Castle Rock set to review emergency policies

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It's a plan rarely put into use, but it's one of Castle Rock's most important tools for responding to large-scale or serious events. The Incident Management Guidelines and Standards plan, sometimes called an emergency-operations plan, will go under review this year.

The document is Castle Rock's handbook for any type of emergency or disaster, man-made or natural, from fires to tornadoes to cyberattacks. It establishes the chain of command, lays out who can declare emergencies or disasters, roles of each town department and how the town will work with county, state or federal agencies if it needs assistance.

Castle Rock's version was first issued in 1999 and last put into full implementation in 2002, for the Hayman Fire, and was used in 2003 and 2006 when the town experienced serious snow events.

Fire Chief Norris Croom said the town is taking up the issue now after Douglas County updated its plan. Douglas County's Director of Emergency Operations Tim Johnson said their plan was last revised in 2016 and they are planning another update in September. Those changes included demographic updates and other county data and maps.

Updates to the plan at the town-level will mirror the county's from 2016 and smaller updates made to the plan's annexes since then, Croom said, and are not major.

“We want to ensure that our plan is in line with theirs,” he said.

As staff review the document, Croom said the town's population influx in recent years won't affect its basic procedures or concepts, because they're designed to fit communities of various sizes.

“That's the nice thing about an emergency-operations plan,” he said. “Whether you're 2,000 people or 200,000 people, the plan basically stays the same.”

Croom did not give an exact date for when the update will come before town council but said it's coming at some point this year.

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