Developing a strategic plan provides purpose and direction for an emergency management program by taking the time to envision what the program should be and where the program should be going in comparison with historical accomplishments. The strategic plan is created after evaluating the community’s emergency management needs and the community’s future. A mission statement is created followed by a vision statement. From the vision statement comes long term goals that are re-evaluated every year to ensure they reflect the ongoing efforts to improve the community.
To provide for a comprehensive, community based, all-hazard Emergency Management program that meets or exceeds established standards described in the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) by utilizing nationally accepted industry standards and best practices.
Long Term Goals
- Develop/maintain Administrative capability through continual support of program staffing, financial, policy, and legislative elements.
- Develop/maintain a Program Progression process to ensure a multi-year strategic plan that supports the continual improvement and development of the jurisdiction’s emergency management program.
- Develop/maintain active Coordination Committees to ensure community participation and teamwork in emergency management program activities.
- Develop/maintain active Emergency Plan that effectively describes the jurisdiction’s response and recovery to natural, man-made, and technological emergencies/disasters.
- Develop/maintain an effective Resource Management system that provides for the rapid identification and utilization of jurisdiction personnel, equipment, funds, and services.
- Develop/maintain Site Safety required by legislation and/or community risk for hazardous facilities, areas, and/or situations as necessary to enhance the jurisdictions emergency plan.
- Develop/maintain a current Hazard Analysis that provides an accurate description of the jurisdiction’s threat, risk and vulnerability as to support local emergency planning and mitigation efforts.
- Develop/maintain Hazard Management and Mitigation projects focused on improving the jurisdiction’s resistance to emergencies and disasters.
- Develop/maintain a Community Outreach program that supports public understanding of emergency management programs, hazard awareness, and preparedness issues.
- Develop/maintain Training programs that support the education and skills necessary for stakeholders to effectively implement duties described in the Emergency Plan.
- Develop/maintain an effective Exercise program that supports the practical application of program elements to various scenarios and allows for pre-event response experience.
- Regularly utilize routine, emergency, and disaster Response events to improve community coordination, capabilities, and experience for utilization in future emergency/disaster events.