Officials in Cape Girardeau County have made updates to the county’s emergency preparedness plans. Officials have also made additional changes that include new and updated communication methods between 911 dispatchers and the emergency management department for citizens. In addition there will be an alert system installed so that residents can report emergencies to the county. This new plan that is being put in place was sanctioned last Monday. To go along with state and federal government plans. The approved plan was converted to the Emergency Support Function. Both Cape Girardeau and Jackson currently use this format. When the new plan was put in place every one of the local county offices received a chart with steps on how to act in the case of an emergency. In addition the 911 dispatch system will direct emails to the Emergency Management office. The information will then be relayed to the appropriate supervisor.