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Whole Community, Inclusive, Emergency Planning

The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (MWPERLC) has worked with state, local, and tribal communities for over seven years developing emergency preparedness training.  MWPERLC proposes to build upon this experience through implementation of a three-phase nationwide program for whole community inclusive emergency planning.  Phase I will support integration of community-engaged partnerships (CEPs) in emergency management.  Online modules and regional workshops will provide skills and tools to establish, integrate, and mobilize CEPs throughout the emergency management cycle.  A series of five modules will instruct participants on the concepts and practice of organizational planning including: 1) strategies for including members of the greater community (e.g., faith-based organization, educators, business partners, service organizations, etc.) in emergency planning; 2) networking within communities to establish linkages; 3) recognizing community diversity, risks, capabilities and needs; 4) utilizing and adapting the Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA)/Threat Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA) to build local capacity; and 5) integrating these partners in planning activities to promote improved disaster response and recovery operations.  During Phase II, Emergency Managers will be provided with a roadmap to engage CEPs.  The objective for this phase will be to share existing plans and begin developing and/or enhancing local CEP plans to complement the jurisdiction’s existing HVA/THIRA.  MWPERLC will facilitate this planning process through strategic guidance, webinars, and trainings aimed at the development of community-based response and recovery plans.  This approach to emergency management will incorporate the Whole Community Principles outlined in the FEMA DOC 104-008-1.  Phase III will evaluate the effectiveness of the local CEP Plans through Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant tabletop exercises (TTXs).  MWPERLC will develop a series of TTXs, adaptable to local jurisdictions.  CEP participation in the exercise will complete the emergency management cycle, allowing for evaluation and refinement of their plans.  

Start Year: 
2013
End Year: 
2016
Researchers: 
Jeff Burgess
Brenda Granillo

The University of Arizona