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Nebraska State & Local Emergency Operations Plans

The components of the State Emergency Operations Plan are patterned after the National Response Plan (NRP).

Basic Plan

This is Nebraska’s operational functions approach to the response and recovery phase of emergency management. It defines the roles and responsibilities of the responding and supporting agencies, and organizations; and defines broad policies, plans and procedures.


There are 15 functional annexes that address the functional operational areas for the emergency support function (ESF) coordinators. These annexes detail the missions, policies, structures, and responsibilities of State agencies for coordinating resource and programmatic support to counties and other state agencies or other jurisdictions and entities during significant incidents. The exception to the NRP- ESF configuration is that Nebraska has incorporated various components of the NRP-ESF 15 into other appropriate sections and has made military support the state’s ESF 15.


These support various Annexes by providing other relevant, more detailed information and generally address unique hazard specific requirements or specific agency actions.


Where necessary, procedures or guidelines for carrying out specific tasks defined in Annexes or Appendices are contained in Tabs.


Other supporting information is attached where needed (maps, lists, checklists, etc.)

The content of the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) is defined by, Title 67, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 7 which stipulates that each county’s local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) consist of the following components:

Basic Plan

This Plan is a summary of the local government’s approach to emergency management and includes information on policies, plans, and procedures relating to the responsibilities of the local government and all its departments and agencies. The basic plan shall consist of the following components:

Preface: The preface should contain promulgation documents, signed resolutions, a consensus signature page for first responders and support agencies, a dated title page, a record of changes, the distribution list and the table of contents.
Concept of Operations: The Concept of Operations section explains the jurisdiction’s overall approach to an emergency situation, i.e., what should happen, when and at whose direction or authority.
Organization and Assignment of Responsibilities: This section establishes the emergency organization that will be relied on to respond to an emergency situation. It includes a listing, by position and organization, of the kinds of tasks performed during emergency response.

Functional Annexes

Functional Annexes support the basic plan and address specific activities critical to emergency response and recovery. The functional annexes are:

  • Direction and Control

  • Communication and Warning

  • Damage Assessment

  • Public Information

  • Evacuation

  • Fire Service

  • Health and Human Services

  • Law Enforcement

  • Mass Care

  • Protective Shelter

  • Public Works/Utilities

  • Resource Management

Hazard Specific Appendices

These appendices support the Functional Annexes. They provide technical information on response procedures, protective measures unique to a hazard, and methods for use in emergency operations.

These plans are considered dynamic documents and, accordingly, there will be a current version but no final version. It is the responsibility of the local emergency management agency to maintain the LEOP according to the guidance from the state. The SEOP will be managed by NEMA and the responsibility to maintain the individual ESF components lies with the designated lead agency for that ESF. Incorporating the various components required in the organization of both the state and local emergency operations plans enhances the functional capabilities of an integrated approach to disaster management. This integrated approach is the foundation of the planning, training and exercising (PET) process.