Learn what to do to be ready for disaster

  • Be ready to evacuate
  • Be ready to take refuge in a shelter
  • Know how to care for basic medical needs
  • Reduce the impact of disasters (practice good emergency preparedness techniques by taking action in flood areas such as flood-proofing, elevating your home and/or key systems, securing items that could shake, backing-up important documents, verifying insurance coverage, completing financial planning, etc.)

Plan – Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness is a continuous cycle that involves planning, equipping, training, and exercising. Upon exercise completion,  focus turns to evaluation and locating areas for improvement for future plans.

Organizations can develop a wide variety of plans to include:

  • Strategic plans
  • Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs)
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs)
  • Continuity of Operations (COOP)/business continuity
  • Hazard specific plans/annexes (ex. – hurricane, pandemic)
  • Functional plans/annexes (ex. – logistics, crisis communications, evacuation)
  • Field Operations Guides
  • Risk/vulnerability assessments
  • Hazard mitigation plans
  • Prevention/protection plans
  • Recovery plans, etc.

Developing any of these plans can be resource intensive in terms of both time and personnel. The use of subject matter experts with knowledge of the subject matter, best practices, lessons learned, as well as the organization’s specific procedures is critical to successful planning efforts. While there are numerous guidance documents and templates that can assist in the planning process, such as FEMA’s Comprehensive Planning Guidance 101 (CPG 101), which outlines a six-step process for EOPs that is applicable to the development of most plans (see diagram below), organizations can save both time and money, by relying on ReadyZoneHQ (RZHQ) to support planning requirements.

Steps in the planning process

RZHQ uses proven project-planning methodologies to develop plans quickly and efficiently. This includes conducting an initial needs assessment/gap analysis of existing disaster plans, as well as coordinating with stakeholders to ensure plans synchronize both horizontally and vertically. RZHQ delivers plans that are not only clear and concise, but that leverage best practices/lessons learned from recent, relevant exercises/disasters, and incorporate the latest planning guidance/standards.

Act now and contact us to find out how we can jump start your planning efforts.

Case Study – Development of the Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccination Plan      

The Hawaii COVID-19 Vaccination Plan development process highlighted several lessons learned, one of which was the importance of establishing strong working relationships with a core collaborative planning team. The COVID-19 pandemic is just one example of the many emergencies in which the RZHQ team has successfully constructed an emergency preparedness and response plan. For more examples of RZHQ’s work, please see Our Work.