Regional Preparedness & Plans
The Capital Area Regional Mutual Aid Plan establishes guidelines for making available the appropriate resources at the appropriate time in response to large-scale, emergency management incidents as they develop.
Covering all 10-counties in the CAPCOG region and the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council 11-county region, the plan provides guidance for the coordination of many different types of available local, public resources needed for a regional response. It addresses the system of requesting, locating, and mobilizing those resources and the coordination of their deployment before and after substantial state, federal or distant local resources can arrive.
CAPCOG’s Executive Committee approved the plan in September 2015.
The mutual aid plan is inclusive of both local governments that have adopted the Capital Area Mutual Aid Agreement, approved in 2006, and others organizations not serviced through the Mutual Aid Agreement. Other political subdivisions, nonprofits, and private sector organizations can partake in the plan.
Mass Fatality Response Plan
CAPCOG and multiple stakeholders developed the CAPCOG Mass Fatality Response Plan to offer guidance to all public safety responders within the region’s 10-county area. The plan outlines a shared approach for multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency response efforts to incidents resulting in significant numbers of fatalities. It is intended to provide clear, practical guidance for responding to such incidents. The plan lays out the operational concepts, roles, authorities, protocols, and resource requirements unique to mass fatality incidents (MFI). It helps facilitate inquests, remains recovery and appropriate disposition through a structured approach.
A MFI occurs when the number and/or condition of human remains challenges local fatality management capabilities, so the local jurisdictions must require assistance to perform remains recovery, morgue services and disposition of victims. Such incidents can occur with little or no warning and use resources and procedures beyond those employed in day-to-day response.
CAPCOG’s Mass Fatality Response Plan includes the following and more information:
- A MFI quick action guide
- Definitions of situations and assumptions
- A description of concept of operations
- Definitions of assignments by responsibilities
- Information on how to handle plan development and plan maintenance
- A quick reference guide to MFI operations
- A recovery unit guide
- Guidance for operating a family assistance center unit
> Download the Capital Area Mass Fatality Response Plan.
> Download the Capital Area Mass Fatality Response Plan Attachment 15: Forms.
> Contact Carolyn Sudduth, CAPCOG homeland security planning coordinator.
Other Plans and Reports
After more than 30 agencies from throughout the region participated in the three-day, all-hazards training exercise, called Eastside Mayhem, in November 2016, CAPCOG worked with a contractor to complete an after-action report. Three reports ultimately were drafted that summarized the strengths and improvement areas for responses made during each day. They also helped identify how planning for large-scale training exercises could be improved.
There are currently three strike teams within the CAPCOG region, whose primary purpose is to provide highly technical response to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) events within the CAPCOG region. The teams are comprised of personnel from hazardous material, law enforcement and medical disciplines, and are located in: Hays County, Williamson County, and the City of Austin. In addition to these three teams, the Austin Police Department Bomb Squad provides a response with all team deployment as does the Regional Mobile Communication Vehicle.
The Strike Teams will only respond to incidents that are categorized as catastrophic WMDs or terrorist attacks. A detailed screening and dispatching procedure has been developed in an effort to ensure these resources are utilized to their fullest capabilities. For more information, please visit the website for the Regional Strike Team Equipping and Training at www.r-e-s-e-t.org.