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Planning Guides

Comprehensive Guides

Planning Considerations

Houses of Worship & Schools

Pre-Disaster Recovery

Other Resources


Accomplished properly, planning provides a methodical way to engage the whole community in thinking through the lifecycle of a potential crisis, determining required capabilities and establishing a framework for roles and responsibilities. It shapes how a community envisions and shares a desired outcome, selects effective ways to achieve it and communicates expected results.

A shared planning community increases the likelihood of integration and synchronization, makes planning cycles more efficient and effective and makes plan maintenance easier.

We have resources to guide the way.

Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents: Guidance for Emergency Managers

FEMA releases draft "Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents" for public comment

FEMA is seeking feedback on the draft “Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents: Guidance for Emergency Managers.” This document provides state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers with foundational knowledge of cyber incidents to increase cyber preparedness efforts in their jurisdictions. Click below to view the draft guide and learn more about upcoming webinars.

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Have questions? Email the National Integration Center.

Comprehensive Preparedness Guides (CPG)

CPG 101 provides guidelines on developing emergency operations plans and promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of community-based, risk-informed planning and decision making to help planners examine threats or hazards and produce integrated, coordinated and synchronized plans.

CPG 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) Guide

CPG 201 provides guidance for conducting a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR).

CPG 502: Considerations for Fusion Center and Emergency Operations Center Coordination

CPG 502 outlines the information-sharing roles of fusion centers and emergency operations centers and identifies planning and coordination considerations each entity.

Planning Considerations

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The document and associated quick reference guide and checklists provide an executive-level introduction to emergency management concepts and principles for local senior officials and identifies local senior officials’ roles and responsibilities for emergency management before, during and after disasters. Download the Quick Reference Guide and Checklist. View the short video on potential roles local elected and appointed officials can play before, during and after disasters.

Building Private-Public Partnerships

Best practices for jurisdictions to establish and maintain a private-public partnership (P3) to help coordinate mitigation, response & recovery planning and preparedness, and increase community resilience. Download the executive summary.

Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place

Identifies relevant concepts, considerations, and principles that can inform jurisdictions in planning for evacuation and/or shelter-in-place protective actions.  The research report Improving Public Messaging for Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place and its companion slide library documents findings from peer-reviewed research and presents recommendations for informing community members about risk and providing effective warnings.

The Shelter-in-Place Pictogram Guidance provides the public clear protective action guidance for 10 hazards and three building types. The guidance includes recommended interior locations by hazard, additional protective actions, and duration. Social media friendly versions are available to provide clear protective action guidance regardless of platform.

Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks

Identifies  concepts and principles relevant to the development of related plans and the completion of a THIRA.

Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations

Provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage and build partnerships with faith-based and community organizations in order to enhance resilience.

Disaster Financial Management Guide

Identifies the capabilities and activities necessary to prepare and successfully implement disaster financial management while maintaining fiscal responsibility throughout response and recovery operations.

Distribution Management Plans enable SLTT partners to strengthen capabilities before a disaster to enhance capacities to distribute resources to survivors after a disaster. FEMA. Effective 2019, all Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) recipients are required to develop and maintain a Distribution Management Plan as an annex to their Emergency Operations Plan.

Disaster Housing

Guidance on national housing priorities, types of housing, key considerations and housing-specific planning recommendations that jurisdictions can apply when developing or improving housing plans.  (Spanish)

Supply Chain Resilience Guide

Provides emergency managers with recommendations and best practices on how to analyze local supply chains and work with the private sector to enhance supply chain resilience using a five-phased approach.

COVID-19 Supplement for Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place

Provides COVID-19 related questions to key principles and critical considerations from “Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place.

Hazardous Materials Incidents

Provides officials with information and resources on hazardous materials, incident preparedness and response and practices to increase community resilience to those incidents.

Healthcare Facilities and Power Outages

Provides jurisdictions, utility owners/operators, and healthcare facilities with information and resources to improve resilience to power outages, integrate plans, and prioritize assistance during an outage.

Emergency Operation Plans – Houses of Worship and Schools

Houses of Worship

Guide on emergency operations planning, discussing actions that may be taken before, during and after an incident to reduce the impact on property and loss of life. It encourages houses of worship to develop an emergency operations plan.

Institutions of Higher Education

This guide outlines principles of emergency management planning for institutions of higher education, provides a process for the development of emergency operations plans and describes the content with those plans.

K-12 Schools

This guide provides recommendations in the development of plans not only to respond to an emergency, but also outlines how schools (K-12) can plan for preventing, protecting against, mitigating the impact of and recovering from these emergencies.

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guides

Tribal Governments

This guide prepares tribal governments for recovery efforts from future disasters by engaging with the whole community and planning for recovery activities that are comprehensive and long term.

Local Governments

This guide is designed to help local governments prepare for recovery from future disasters offering tools for public engagement, whole-community recovery, identification of existing recovery resources, and identifying outside partnerships that can help local governments build resilience.

State Governments

This guide helps states and territories prepare for recovery by developing pre-disaster recovery plans that follow a process to engage members of the whole community, develop recovery capabilities across government and nongovernmental partners and create an organizational framework for comprehensive recovery efforts.

Other Resources

Implementation of Community Lifelines

Lifelines enable the continuous operation of critical government and business functions and is essential to human health and safety or economic security.

Business Emergency Operations Center Quick Start Guidance

This guidance provides states, locals, tribes and territories with foundational concepts for establishing a BEOC to support their response and recovery operations for COVID-19.

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