The Planning Section provides technical planning assistance to State and local agencies and organizations in the development and maintenance of a wide variety of disaster preparedness and emergency response plans.
The Planning Section annually receives, reviews, and comments on over 700 Class B and Class C Dam Emergency Action Plans from across the state.
The Planning Section successfully led the State's Emergency Management Accreditation Program accreditation efforts in 2014, and again in 2019 by demonstrating compliance with the 64 EMAP standards.
The Planning Section provides annual reports to the EMAP Commission and is anticipating the next full accreditation process to begin in late 2023.
The Planning Section receives annual Tier II chemical inventory reporting on behalf of the State and provides guidance to industry on chemical reporting compliance.
The Planning Staff manage the request, receipt, distribution, and tracking of over 125,000 U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebooks (ERGs). The ERG is published every four years.
The Planning Section serves as the lead State entity in providing COOP guidance and technical planning assistance to State and local agencies and organizations.
The Planning Staff maintains State-level, multi-agency plans and annexes, many of which are supported by operational guides, checklists, and playbooks.
During Steady State Operations, the Planning Section is responsible for:
- Developing, updating, maintaining, and posting the State’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and Annexes;
- Providing technical assistance and review of all local and State-level plans;
- Providing receipt of submission of LEPC membership and chemical inventory notification;
- Providing oversight to the SERC working group and local emergency planning committee for compliance with SARA Title III; and,
- Maintaining the State’s emergency management accreditation under the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
Emergency Response Activation
During Emergency Response Activations, the Planning Section transitions into State Emergency Operations Center management and support.
This portion of the CEMP addresses the State's overall hazard mitigation planning process, risk assessment, strategy development, and plan implementation.
The purpose of this document is to identify the State's overarching policies, authorities, and response organizational structure that will be implemented in any emergency or disaster situation that warrants a collective, multi-agency State response.
This volume includes the provisions for implementing long-term recovery activities and functions, including mitigation, as provided for under the Federal Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and a variety of Federal-State programs.