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Emergency Operations Plan - Executive Summary

Updated 08/31/10

This Executive Summary of the City of Torrance Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) highlights the City's planned response to extraordinary emergency/disaster situations associated with natural disasters, human caused events, technological incidents, and national security emergencies.  The EOP does not address normal day-to-day emergencies or the well-established and routine procedures used in coping with such emergencies.  Instead, the operational concepts reflected in the plan focus on potential large-scale disasters that can generate unique situations requiring unusual responses when day to day resources are overwhelmed.

The EOP is a preparedness document - intended to be read, understood, and exercised prior to an emergency/disaster.  It is designed to include the City of Torrance as part of the Los Angeles Operational Area.  The plan incorporates concepts and principles from the California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the Incident Command System (ICS) into the City's emergency operations.  The plan is flexible enough to use in all emergencies and will facilitate response and short-term recovery activities.

The plan provides basic planning information.  City departments must prepare standard operating procedures (SOPs) and, in most cases, more detailed checklists that will describe their internal operations under emergency/disaster conditions.  Click Here to view the entire document.