Operating Condition (OPCON) Levels

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Level of Readiness Descriptions

Dorchester County EMD maintains levels of operation to describe preparation and response to disasters. OPCON 3 is the lowest level and OPCON 1 is the highest level. 

OPCON 3

Emergency Operating Condition 5 - normal operations

Agencies coordinate, plan, train and exercise as warranted.  Incidents are monitored by local public safety officials.


OPCON 2

Emergency Operating Condition 3 - significant threat

A disaster or emergency is likely to affect the county.  Emergency operations plans are implemented.  The county emergency operations center is partially activated, as necessary.


OPCON 1

Emergency Operating Condition 1 - ongoing emergency

A disaster or emergency is imminent or occurring.  The county emergency operations center is fully activated.  All county emergency support functions are activated or ready to deploy.