The foundation for any entity’s emergency management program includes emergency operations and response planning, as well as other preparedness efforts. The effort sets the policy and process by which an organization, jurisdiction, or community’s people, resources, and capabilities are leveraged to prepared for, respond to, and recover from an incident of critical significance. A properly developed and maintained emergency plan, combined with effective exercises that include a broad array of stakeholders, first responders and participants from the community can save lives, time and money and promote a smooth transition to recovery should an incident occur. In many cases, the emergency operations plan is supported by annexes, appendices, and other additional documents that focus on specific hazards of emergency management functions, that will provide details on specific response and management operations. All emergency management and operations plans are developed utilizing an all-hazards approach that includes natural, human-made, and technological disasters that could impact local entities and jurisdictions.
Emergency plan development may involve the development of a new plan, updating of an existing plan, or the development of annexes and appendices to support the existing plan. The type of plan development is determined based on the needs of the local entity. All planning efforts ensure that the local entity meets all local, state, and federal planning requirements and guidelines. The development of an emergency operations, management, or response plan includes the involvement of a variety of department and external partner stakeholders. Interviews are conducted to collect information and relevant emergency experience to include in the plan, ensuring that the completed plan has a comprehensive approach to emergency management and includes input from all involved personnel and stakeholders. These plans are developed to be flexible and meet the ever-changing needs of the client, while also following the standards of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Incident Command System (ICS), and the federal Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 (CPG 101). Following these national standards will ensure that the local entity is able to work seamlessly with other local, state, and federal jurisdictions during emergency management and response operations.
Witt O’Brien’s has extensive experience in comprehensive emergency management planning, including plans that specifically address various life cycle elements of emergency management and the operational know-how and background to support planning. Our preparedness planning capabilities include the development and implementation of operations plans and annexes; policies and procedures; continuity plans; pre-disaster mitigation plans; post-disaster recovery plans; and crisis communication, and alert and notification plans and procedures. Development and/or updates of these plans allow our clients time to consider changes to community needs, regulations, and industry standards; and to adequately calculate and adjust planned emergency actions in a controlled environment.