Determine The Gap:
With a basic understanding of the issues related to EOP/ERPs, the next step is to define the gap between where your community’s plan is today, versus where your community desires the plan to be in the future. As the issue champion, you need to be sure that you can answer the following questions before you move on to the next step:
- What are the types of environmental disasters and hazards (i.e. floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc) that could potentially affect your community?
- What are the types of technological accidents (i.e. toxic chemical releases, nuclear power plant accidents, etc) that could affect your community?
- What are the types of deliberate incidents (i.e. sabotage, or terrorist attack involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive/flammable agents) that could affect your community?
- Does your current EOP/ERP define clear roles and responsibilities for personnel assigned to respond to the incident?
- Have you actively sought for input and participation on the EOP/ERP from your community’s citizens?
Once you know what council members and members of the general public are likely to ask about this plan, you are ready to put it in front of them for their consideration.
- Schedule a work session with the legislative body (city council).
- Assemble an information packet that consists of the files that are located in the “Materials” tab of this CiviclinQ course. Customize the highlighted fields with local names, titles, dates, and section numbering. The packet should include:
- CiviclinQ’s best practice guide on EOP/ERPs.
- Draft EOP/ERP.
- Combine and distribute the materials to relevant staff and council members.
Move to Lesson 3.1.