Emergency and Disaster Planning is the operation of dealing with and avoiding both natural and man-made disasters, through the actions of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery to lessen the impact of disasters. Florida Disaster Consulting (FDC) has worked with federal, state, regional, county, municipal, and private nonprofit agencies to develop a wide array of preparedness plans, including the following:
FDC provides planning services for the preparation for all emergency functions to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. This planning later functions to aid victims suffering from injury or damage, and to provide support for search and rescue operations for persons and property in distress.
Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) plans ensure that government agencies are able to continue performance of essential functions under a broad range of circumstances, including natural and man-made disasters. FDC has extensive experience with state, local, and municipal governments in the creation of both types of plans.
Debris management is one of the most difficult and costly aspects of the recovery phase of a disaster. FDC develops plans for jurisdictions so they are prepared to move forward immediately with this formidable task, ensuring all debris removal is completed as safely and quickly as possible, and that the maximum amount of reimbursable funds are made available.
When residents hit by a catastrophe lose access to their homes, it’s imperative to find a safe shelter for them as soon as possible. FDC provides guidance for the implementation of interim housing and the restoration of permanent housing following a natural or man-made disaster, to get those residents back in their homes as soon as possible.
Efficient emergency response requires effective communication. FDC creates plans to outline the roles, responsibilities, and protocols in order to promptly share information with all community members during an emergency or crisis.
Further expanding on Emergency Communication plans, FDC provides emergency consulting services in the form of research and reporting evaluation, development and management to government organizations, emergency services, and private sector agencies.
FDC formulates an operational checklist to assist local governments in performing the initial assessment of the hazards and vulnerabilities of their existing Emergency Operations Center.
Evacuation plans are created to ensure the safest and most efficient evacuation of residents hit by a natural or man-made disaster. FDC has extensive experience in evacuation planning. Our process includes setting a benchmark evacuation time for different conditions through the use best practices, regulations, and simulations. Our simulations typically implement multiple exits, contra-flow lanes, and special technologies to ensure full, fast, and complete evacuation.
Hazard and risk assessment helps all levels of government, businesses, schools, nonprofit groups, and individuals within a community to understand its risks and estimate what assistance will likely be required in the face of a catastrophe. Throughout this process, FDC informs a variety of emergency management efforts, including emergency operations planning, mutual aid agreements, and hazard mitigation planning.
Once Hazard and Risk Assessment is completed, FDC identifies policies that can be implemented to reduce known risks. This allows communities to form a long-term strategy to reduce overall losses, disaster damage, and to break the cycle of reconstruction and repeat damage.
Larger disasters require regional responses. Plans should be developed with neighboring jurisdictions to accept evacuees, medical patients, and stage emergency supplies. FDC’s planning process also includes policies for information centers, shelter space, and documentation requirements for capturing reimbursable costs.
Based on the hazard and risk assessment, FDC develops plans for logistics preparedness for the delivery of vital emergency supplies into an area hit by a disaster—a key component of any disaster reduction effort.
When communities are hit hard by disasters and need more time and more unique assistance to recover than routine disaster assistance programs, FDC puts together an individualized structured program and coordinates the mobilization of resources to support them.
It’s commonplace during a catastrophe that emergency medical services are overwhelmed by the number and severity of mass casualties. FDC provides operational concepts for response tailored to these types of situations. Responsibilities are assigned to state agencies, and response efforts are coordinated to meet the needs of local community governments following a mass casualty-producing incident.
In most cases, only a select few know how to operate equipment in Mobile Command Vehicles, which may be a detriment in case of a crisis. FDC can develop training manuals on every piece of equipment within a Mobile Command Center, allowing any individual to set up a command post and properly deploy each piece of equipment.
It is extremely important in the case of a traffic incident that emergency responders have a clear path to arrive as quickly as possible and clear the accident with efficiency. FDC coordinates plans to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents as safely and as quickly as possible so that traffic flow may be restored, maximizing the safety of crash victims, other motorists, and emergency responders.