WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors is greatly concerned with the health, safety, and well-being of its citizens and desires that the best possible emergency services be available to them; and

            WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 1973, Chapter 3.2 of Title 44 of the Code of Virginia, (1950), as amended, requires that each city and county in the Commonwealth maintain an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) which addresses its planned response to emergency situations; and

            WHEREAS, the proposed updates to the Emergency Operations Plan, last formally adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1998, have been developed by Fauquier County staff, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, incorporating engagement from responsible local agencies; and

            WHEREAS, on December 12, 2002 , the Fauquier County Public Safety Committee endorsed the proposed updates to the Emergency Operations Plan; and

            WHEREAS, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act was amended in 2001 to specifically exclude emergency operation plans for reasons of security; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 21st day of April 2003, That the Fauquier County Emergency Operations Plan, to include plans and procedures for both peacetime and war-caused disasters, be, and is hereby, updated and re-adopted; and, be it

            RESOLVED FURTHER, That the County Administrator, in his capacity as director of emergency management, and the Chief of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, in his appointive capacity as coordinator of emergency management, shall exercise due diligence to maintain the EOP as a vital, current and dynamic plan to address all hazards; and, be it

            RESOLVED FINALLY, That the County Administrator be, and is hereby, directed to consider the EOP exempt from the Freedom of Information Act for reasons of security.