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A Plan for All Seasons: Basic Planning Guidance for the Local Level (PREP 2111)A Plan for All Seasons: Basic Planning Guidance for the Local Level (PREP 2111)

Making an emergency plan can be daunting, confusing and frustrating.  During this webinar, expert planner, Mitch Stripling, MPA, Director of Emergency Planning at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, provides the learner with a rich planning environment, loaded with a suite of tools, as he shares his experience and critical thinking in emergency planning. His ‘mission’ is to assist the local public health emergency planner with the basics: “how to start and go through the process”. From forming a team to implementing a plan and maintaining it, the learner is thoughtfully guided through a version of  FEMA’s emergency planning process, 6 Step Planning Cycle of the FEMA Comprehensive Planning Guide (CPG 101, version 2). In each step Mr. Stripling explains his own practice-based Does and Don’ts, tools, templates and worksheets while emphasizing essential elements of a good plan. A non-FEMA Crisis Action Planning, Step 7, and a variety of downloadable checklists add further depth to this essential presentation for emergency planners.  


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Online Lesson1. Pre-Test -
Online Lesson2. Course Material -
Online Lesson3. Post-Test -
Online Lesson4. Satisfaction Survey -


Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to provide the local emergency planner with:

  • Theory and evidence-based planning guidance for the emergency planner at the local level
  • A critical way of thinking through the basic emergency planning steps
  • Practice-based tools, guides, templates, check lists, and worksheets 

Key Messages:

A disaster plan:

  • is a prescriptive streamlined document that guides the WHO WHAT HOW during a response.
  • will not be used unless it goes through an implementation process.
  • must engage executive leadership who set/approve  the objectives and strategies.

Disaster Planning should be based on:

  • evidence, based on real problems and a community process.
  • solving problems, not writing plans.
  • helping coordination, communication, task allocation and meeting resources needs.
  • assisting leadership with managing the response by providing documents that help leadership 1- Understand the plan 2- Enact the plan and 3- Improvise the plan, based on mission strategies, during a response.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:

  • Incident Management: Emergency Operations Coordination
  • Community Resilience: Community Preparedness, Community Recovery
  • Information Management: Information Sharing


Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):

  • 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans
  • 3.3 Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training)

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define a disaster plan: Prescriptive document that guides the WHO WHAT HOW during a response.
  • Differentiate ICS operation planning vocabulary:  objective, strategy and tactic. Objective is WHAT the response must do, Strategy is a general plan of HOW to accomplish the objective, Tactic is measurable activity that details resource deployment to accomplish chosen strategies. 
  • Name the 6 action steps of the planning cycle in the FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide:
    Step 1- Form a collaborative planning team
    Step 2- Understand the situation
    Step 3- Determine Goals and Objectives 
    Step 4 -Develop the plan
    Step 5- Prepare the Plan
    Step 6- Implement the plan
    Step 7 – Crisis Action Planning – non FEMA 
  • Explain the main purpose of Concept of Operations - is meant for non-planners to understand the mission.
  • Describe how vulnerable populations are assessed - function and exposure/susceptibility
  • Describe critical key messages re: plan implementation.  Plan implementation and distribution. 
  • Describe the Plan Design process and its key component
    a. Sets the overall framework of the operational approach to accomplishing objectives and policy problems  b. Plan Directive
  • Describe the environment of Crisis Action Planning 
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