Emergency Plans _review

Carrie, PJ and EM sit at a meeting table together, wearing face masks.
It may not look like it, but the people in this room are socially distanced.
Carrie, a Black woman in her 30s wears a facemask, has a white cane and a miniature horse that serves as her service animal

Carrie: You may be wondering what an emergency plan looks like, Terrye. You may not be surprised to learn that local emergency plans may have different titles and different looks.

Here are some examples:

Screenshot of webpage reading "King County Public Health Preparedness and Response Plans"
Cover of Larimer County's Emergency Operations Plan
image of Bannock County's Emergency Operations Plan Cover
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– There may be more than one local emergency plan or there may be one plan with several “annexes” (appendices or attachments)

Local plans may have different titles, like Emergency Plan, Emergency Response Plan, Emergency Operations Plan, Emergency Dispensing Site Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, among others

There may be separate public health and public safety (emergency management) emergency management plans

The plan may be posted on the city, town, or county website. If not, contact your local emergency management or public health office.

? In Disasterville PJ and EM posted the county emergency plans on the Disasterville County website. Do you think other communities do that as well?

The plan should specify what happens during each of the 4 emergency management cycles in some detail:

– Preparedness (planning)

– Mitigation (decreasing risk)

– Response and recovery (after an event)

You can read your local plan to see if the needs of people with disabilities are included or if it is a whole community (inclusive) plan.

PJ, in their 30s, wears a facemask and glasses

PJ: Remember your second visit to Disasterville? We talked about Emergency Dispensing Sites (EDS) and how to apply the Prepared4ALL process to making outreach and collaborating about them.

EDS planning is a public health responsibility. EDS plans are also known as Point of Distribution (POD) plans or Medical Countermeasures (MCM) plans. These are the public health plans that should cover COVID-19 vaccine distribution. These plans may be separate from other local emergency plans or may be part of a larger local plan.

? When reading your local EDS and other emergency plans, look for these potential gaps related to people with disabilities, chronic and mental health conditions:

During your next visit, we’ll talk about best practices related to inclusive emergency planning (whole community planning).

Carrie, a Black woman in her 30s wears a facemask, has a white cane and a miniature horse that serves as her service animal

Carrie: An emergency plan may refer to a “registry.” Registries are paper or computer databases with the names, home addresses, and phone numbers of residents with disabilities. Registries are voluntary, so someone may choose not to participate.

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