How do I write an emergency management plan?
How to Write an Emergency Plan. Dunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh and London, pp. At the time, several volumes were available that dealt with how to prepare for and respond to emergencies, but they tended to be tied to particular systems. In fact, most of the available books were based on the American system of emergency response.
That was all very well, but most countries do not have a Federal Emergency Management Agency. In those nations which lack a federal structure, the balance of powers between national, regional and local authorities can be very different from the way it is in the United States, and thus so can the national emergency management system.
My book of principles was designed to show that there are fundamental challenges, issues and practices that transcend the prevailing administrative system.
Emergency management is not the same in any and every country, but the different systems have much in common and respond to universal needs for safety, rescue, care and recovery.
Principles was well received but some of the feedback I received from readers suggested that they would welcome a more hands-on practical book. Rather than write a second, updated edition of the Principles volume, I decided to develop a book entitled How to Write an Emergency Plan.
The principles that govern the process would still be there, but emphasis would be given to the practical steps in formulating, maintaining and using emergency plans of various kinds. Every so often during my year career as a "disasterologist" I have encountered people who have been thrust into the role of emergency planner with little or no preparation.
Some of them have had experience of responding to emergencies; others have been entirely new to the field. A common question was "where do I start? In writing the book my aim was to provide them with some guidance, and for those people who are already experienced emergency planners. I also wanted to show how emergency planning is special, and why it is worth doing.
The paradox of writing a book of this kind is that I am not sure I believe in emergency plans. In many instances, they are bound to fail.
However, as the book states right at its starting point, the precious--indeed invaluable--element is the planning process. It is a means of learning about emergencies, the urgent needs that they create and the ways in which those needs can be satisfied. Emergency plans may need to be adapted to the unique circumstances of a particular crisis, but the process of creating a plan should force the planner to confront many of the issues that stem from the need to prepare for future emergencies.
Failure to confront them could be construed as negligence, when equipment is not available, personnel are untrained, command structures lack functionality, and so on.
So many things about the next emergency can be predicted from previous crises, and if we heed the lessons we will be more resilient and better prepared next time around.The County may forward the plan to local emergency officials if appropriate.
iv. 1. Basic Emergency Plan. 1. Children will be released to a parent or to an individual designated in writing by the parent. In an emergency, a child may be .
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, Steps to make a plan (PDF) Tips on emergency alerts and warnings (PDF) Protect Critical Documents and Valuables (PDF) Document and Insure Your Property (PDF) Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (PDF). SLG Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning (9/96) page emergencies; and they work with the Federal Government when Federal assistance is necessary.
The State EOP is the framework within which local EOPs are created and through which the Federal Government becomes involved. An emergency action plan (EAP) is usually a written document required by particular OSHA standards. For smaller organizations, the plan does not need to be written and may be communicated orally if there are 10 or fewer employees.
Family Emergency Communication Plan. for each member of the household to carry in his or her wallet, backpack, or purse. Post a copy.
in a central place at home. Regularly check to make sure your household members are carrying their plan with them. Enter household and emergency contact information into all household. members’ mobile . Mom’s Maple Street Childcare Center: Emergency Action Plan November Page 4 Child/Parent Information: For each child at your site identify contact and emergency information.
Keep a copy of this information with your emergency kit(s).