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