A NEW NYS Public Employer Emergency Planning Requirement

On Labor Day, NYS Governor Cuomo signed a bill requiring public employers to develop a very specific emergency plan for future public health emergencies. This may include a continuation of the Coronavirus pandemic, or another emergency. Some details and guidance below… WHO The requirement applies to public employers, including: State, county, and local governments Public … Continue reading A NEW NYS Public Employer Emergency Planning Requirement

Emergency planning – A linear approach or ‘choose your own adventure’?

When creating deliberate emergency operations plans, and especially the associated standard operating procedures/guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) that accompany them (you do develop these, right?) there is always a consideration for how to progress through the written plan – chronologically or topically.  There are pros and cons to both approaches you should be aware of. Chronological progression of … Continue reading Emergency planning – A linear approach or ‘choose your own adventure’?

The POETE Analysis – Emergency Planning and Beyond

POETE stands for Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising. These are the five elements that each jurisdiction should be examining their own capabilities by. By examining their capabilities through each of these elements, a jurisdiction can better define their strengths and areas for improvement. The POETE analysis, often completed as part of a THIRA (Threat … Continue reading The POETE Analysis – Emergency Planning and Beyond

Emergency Management Grants – Promoting Planning Standards

We know that good emergency plans are the cornerstone of preparedness.  Often times it is local governments that have difficulty putting quality plans in place because they don’t have knowledgeable personnel or funds available to make this happen.  This gap is critical since we know that all disasters begin and end locally, so quality local plans … Continue reading Emergency Management Grants – Promoting Planning Standards

Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

There have been a number of efforts to further the expansion of diversity and inclusion in Emergency Management recently. A great step forward has recently been made by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), by organizing their own internal Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) within the agency. Their press release states it … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management