County officials approve new emergency management plan

LAWRENCEVILLE - Leaders approved a new emergency management plan Tuesday, one that was created to better prepare the 800,000-population county for disaster.

Gwinnett Homeland Security Director Alan Doss, a major on the county's police force, said officials from several large counties requested a new plan instead of a standard statewide version to better manage the county's resources.

The new version covers 15 emergency support functions, up from nine in the previous document, but it is also more efficient, covering 115 pages instead of 175.

Doss said the new plan does more to include input from stakeholders such as the Red Cross and other agencies and nonprofits.

"We have a hybrid version specific to Gwinnett County, which is a significant improvement over the previous template-based document," Doss said.

The move also helps the county in its endeavors to achieve national accreditation in emergency management, Doss said.