The Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) is designed to address natural and manmade hazards that could adversely affect the County.  The LEOP applies to all county government departments and agencies that are tasked to provide assistance in a disaster or emergency situation.  It describes the fundamental policies, strategies, and general concept of operations to be used in control of the emergency from its onset through the post disaster phase.

The LEOP is an all-hazards plan that addresses evacuations; sheltering; post-disaster response and recovery; deployment of resources; communication, and warning systems.  It also defines the responsibilities of county departments and volunteer organizations.  The LEOP describes the basic strategies, assumptions and mechanisms through which the County will mobilize resources and conduct activities to guide and support local emergency management efforts through preparedness, response, recovery, and prevention.  To facilitate effective operations, the LEOP adopts a functional approach that groups the types of assistance to be provided into 15 Emergency Support Functions (ESF).  The 15 LEOP ESFs mirror the National Response Framework (NRF) and the Kansas Response Plan (KRP).

The Basic Plan provides an overview of emergency organization and policies.  It describes the overall approach to disaster response and recovery operations and assigns responsibilities for emergency tasks.  The ESF Annexes detail the organization, roles and responsibilities of government and cooperating agencies for coordinating emergency response and recovery efforts.  Special Incident Annexes are designed for those emergency response and recovery activities unique to a particular hazard.