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Emergency Operations Plan

The California Administrative Code, Title 5, Education Chapter 3, Article 2, Section 560 requires public schools (kindergarten through community college) to have written disaster plans that are reviewed annually by local governing boards. This Plan is prepared in compliance with this law.

California Government Code, Article 9, Section 8607 requires all local governments (including cities, counties, school districts and special districts) to use the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) when responding to, managing and recovering from disasters or major emergencies. To be eligible for state and federal reimbursement of qualifying emergency expenditures, the Marin Community College District is required to use SEMS when the District’s Emergency Operations Center is activated, or a Local Emergency is declared or proclaimed. This Emergency Operations Plan meets or exceeds the requirements of these laws.

NIMS (National Incident Management System)

FEMA requires all public agencies to follow NIMS guidelines. The five components of NIMS are: Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management. It specifies responsibilities and activities for developing, maintaining, and sustaining NIMS training. The NIMS Training Program outlines responsibilities and activities that are consistent with the National Training Program, as mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. This program integrates with FEMA training offered through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and United States Fire Administration (USFA). Under NIMS, SEMS (Standardized Emergency Management System) is used. Under these guidelines, the ICS (Incident Command System) is trained and used. The acronyms NIMS and SEMS are often used to mean the same thing. However, there are distinct differences.

This Plan is designed to establish the framework for implementation of the California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) for the Marin Community College District, which is located within the Marin County Operational Area and the Governor's Office of Emergency Service's Mutual Aid Region II.

Plan Purpose

The purpose of this document is to describe the authority, responsibility, functions and operations of the Marin Community College District as related to emergency response, recovery, preparedness, mitigation and training. To meet the needs of all users, this plan provides both a general concept of operations and detailed action checklists by position-title (the 5 Branches of ICS). The planning, training, response and recovery priorities for the District are:

  1. Life saving
  2. Life safety
  3. Environmental protection
  4. Property protection
  5. Resumption of normal business activities

This Emergency Operations Plan addresses the coordinated response to, the management of, and recovery from extraordinary emergency situations associated with natural disasters, technological incidents, and national security emergencies affecting the District.

This Plan accomplishes the following:

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Plan Scope

The Emergency Operation Plan applies to all Marin Community College District personnel, and all buildings, grounds, and properties owned and operated by the District.

Plan Assumptions

The Emergency Operation Plan is based on a systematic approach to the problems likely to be encountered by the Marin Community College District during a major emergency or disaster. This Plan assumes that:

This Plan also assumes that:

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Authorities and References

This Plan is based on Federal and State laws and on Marin Community College District policies and procedures.

Protection Of Vital Records

For mission critical data, HP backup protocols are followed. A full system backup is performed weekly and an incremental backup is performed daily. Full backups are housed in a fireproof safe and copies are sent offsite to a secure location.

Plan Modifications

Marin Community College District’s Emergency Operations Plan will be reviewed annually and revised, if necessary, by the District Police Chief. The Plan may be modified as a result of post-incident analyses and/or post-exercise critiques. It may be modified if responsibilities, procedures, laws, rules or regulations pertaining to emergency management and operations change.

Every four years, the entire Emergency Operations Plan will be reviewed, updated, republished, and redistributed.

Emergency Operations Plan Distribution

The Marin Community College District’s Emergency Operations Plan is distributed to all administrators, deans, department heads and any District staff that has a function in the EOC or as emergency responders. A copy of the Plan will also be distributed to the Marin County Operational Area Office of Emergency Services.

Training and Exercising


Every administrator, dean and department head has the following general responsibilities prior to an emergency:


The best method of training for emergencies is through exercises. Exercises allow the District staff to become familiar with the procedures, facilities, equipment and systems that they will actually use in emergency situations. The Marin Community College District will conduct an EOC exercise on an annual basis.


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Content Responsible: Todd Kidder, Acting Chief of Police