This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) independent training course manual from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is designed to aid emergency management personnel in developing an effective emergency operations plan (EOP). Topics covered include selecting the planning team, the planning process, hazard analysis, and plan format. The knowledge of how to plan for disasters is critical in emergency management. Planning can make a difference in mitigating against the effects of a disaster, including saving lives and protecting property, and helping a community recover more quickly from a disaster.
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Emergency Planning contains seven units. Each of the units is described below.
Unit 1, Course Introduction, provides an overview of the course objectives and instructions for taking the course.
Unit 2, The Planning Process, provides an overview of the emergency planning process, including the steps involved and how to determine who should be a part of the emergency planning team.
Unit 3, Threat Analysis, describes the threat analysis process and explains why conducting a thorough threat analysis is a critical first step in emergency operations planning.
Unit 4, The Basic Plan, introduces the purpose of the basic EOP and describes its components.
Unit 5, Annexes, introduces functional and hazard-, threat-, and incident-specific annexes.
Unit 6, Implementing Instructions, introduces the different types of implementing instructions that may be developed at the agency level and how they are used.
Unit 7, Course Summary, reviews and summarizes the course content and serves as preparation for the final exam.