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Illinois Emergency Operations Plan


The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is assigned the responsibility for coordination of the overall emergency management program for the state of Illinois. 

The Illinois Emergency Operations Plan (IEOP) establishes the structure by which Illinois state government coordinates and manages response and recovery to emergencies and disasters. The IEOP provides policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure safe, efficient and timely actions to assist communities in need and incorporates supportive plans for response, recovery, continuity of operations and continuity of government. 

The IEOP is developed in cooperation with the Office of the Governor, executive departments and agencies, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF), non-governmental, mutual aid, private sector and volunteer organizations – a whole community approach. The IEOP, in its written form, serves to document the anticipated response and recovery efforts of the state to protect public health and safety, critical infrastructure and the environment.

The IEOP describes the Illinois Disaster Management System (IDMS) utilized by the state, which conforms to the National Incident Management System (NIMS). IDMS is used by all state government agencies when the IEOP is implemented for response or recovery operations in any part of the state affected by an emergency or disaster. The IEOP and IDMS identify and assign specific areas of responsibility for performing functions in response and recovery to an emergency or disaster.

Planning Process and Revisions

The value of the IEOP is the planning process undertaken by the emergency management professionals in all state agencies and other organizations working together to develop and integrate detailed strategies, participate in training on plan implementation and exercise the plans through simulated conditions. 

Review and updates to the IEOP occurs within a two-year planning cycle facilitated by the IEMA Inter-Agency Strategic Planning Cell (ISPC) ensuring consistency with current guidance, regulations and industry practices. 

A continuous effort is required to enhance and maintain the IEOP based on lessons learned from exercises, real world events and model practices identified nationally and internationally. As part of this ongoing preparedness effort, IEMA will incorporate and integrate enhancements due to new technology, updated methods of response and recovery, or additional capabilities as necessary to ensure the IEOP is accurate and valid. Updates to the IEOP will be provided on the IEMA website when approved and signed by IEMA Director or designee.


20 ILCS 3305 Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act assigns IEMA the responsibility for coordination of the overall emergency management program of the State and with private organizations, political subdivisions and the federal government.


Have questions or comments on the plan? Submit your feedback to IEMA.

Forward, Base Plan and Annexes​​​​
Base Plan, IEOP
Annex 1: Direction, Control and Coordination
Annex 2: Continuity of Operations
Annex 3: Communications Technology
Annex 4: Transportation Management
Annex 5: External Affairs
Annex 6: Population Protection​
Annex 7: Mass Care
Annex 8: Public Health and Medical Services
Annex 9: Resource Management and Logistics
Annex 10: Damage Assessment
Annex 11: Fire Services
Annex 12: Search and Rescue
Annex 13: Oil and HAZMAT Response
Annex 14: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Annex 15: Energy Management
Annex 16: Law Enforcement Coordination and Management
Annex 17: Long Term Community Recovery
Annex 18: Financial and Administrative Management
Annex 19: Mutual Aid Coordination
Annex 20: Private Sector Integration
​Annex 21: Volunteer and Donations Management
Annex 22: Information and Cyber Security
Annex 23: Debris Management​
Annex 24: Radiological Incident Management
Annex 25: Water and Waste Water Management
Annex 26: Fatality Management
Annex 27: Military Coordination
Annex 28: Disaster Intelligence
Annex 29: Natural, Cultural and Historical Buildings and Collections
Annex 30: Earthquake
Annex 33: Continuity of Government