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Make A Plan

Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning (FEMA)

This State and Local Guide (SLG) provides emergency managers and other emergency services personnel with information on FEMA's concept for developing risk-based, all-hazard emergency operations plans.

This Guide clarifies the preparedness, response, and short-term recovery planning elements that warrant inclusion in State and local EOPs. It offers FEMA's best judgment and recommendations on how to deal with the entire planning process--from forming a planning team to writing the plan. It also encourages emergency managers to address all of the hazards that threaten their jurisdiction in a single EOP instead of relying on stand-alone plans.

This Guide should help State and local emergency management organizations produce EOPs that:

  • serve as the basis for effective response to any hazard that threatens the jurisdiction;
  • facilitate integration of mitigation into response and recovery activities; and
  • facilitate coordination with the Federal Government during catastrophic disaster situations that necessitate implementation of the Federal Response Plan (FRP).