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					    Regional Catastrophic
 Preparedness Grant Program

                              Comprehensive Report
                                 February 2012

 Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (NY-NJ-CT-PA)                      Honolulu Area

         IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area                                Bay Area

               Puget Sound Region                                      Los Angeles Area

                   Houston Area                                     National Capital Region

Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Planning Team    New England Regional Catastrophic Planning Initiative
                                                               RCPT
                                                                      EXECUTIVE SUMMARY




    T
         he purpose of this report is to share with you
         the collective successes of the ten recipients
         of the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness
    Grant Program (RCPGP). The ten sites are Bay Area,
    Boston, Chicago, Hampton Roads, Honolulu, Hou-
    ston, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New
    York/New Jersey/Connecticut/Pennsylvania, and
    the Puget Sound region.

    Our programs have made significant progress since
    the grant’s initial award in 2008, developing plans,
    procedures, and systems to better prepare us for
    catastrophic disasters. In December 2011, repre-
    sentatives from all the sites met in New York City to
    share our best practices and program benefits with
    our partners across the country. At the end of this
    workshop, we collectively agreed to develop this
    comprehensive report to highlight these success-
    es. In it you will find information about each RCPGP
    site, their accomplishments, current projects, and
    future direction.

    While we have made great strides in regional col-
    laboration, shared systems, and plans, there is still
    more work to do. While some DHS/FEMA grant
    programs focus on the purchase of equipment and
    supplies for first responders, this is the first grant
    program to focus solely on the development of
    plans and procedures to prepare our nations’ most
    vulnerable large urban areas for the worst. Plan-
    ning is not a fast process with a finite beginning
    and end, rather it represents part of a cycle that
    includes training, exercising, and circles back to im-
    proving plans again. Engaging the whole commu-
    nity, building partnerships and trust, and achieving
    critical stakeholder involvement are time intensive.
    As a result, assessing the true value of planning
    is often difficult to quantify. This attached report
    seeks to demonstrate the positive impact of RCPGP
    by qualifying the level of effort expended, the na-
    ture of the critical relationships forged, and the
    commitment to improve our preparedness against
    the threat of catastrophic incidents.

    The work of all ten sites, individually and collective-
    ly, truly captures the spirit of the “integrated nation-
    al planning frameworks” described in Presidential
    Policy Directive 8 and the National Preparedness
    Goal. It is our hope that you will consider the merits
    of this program in future years, either through re-
    viving this program or sustaining its goals through
    other existing programs.




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                                                                                         RCPT
                                                                                                                        NY-NJ-CT-PA SITE




    New York & New Jersey

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
C
       atastrophes are         and stregthened exist-              ACCOMPLISHMENTS ACROSS PROJECTS
       different. A catas-     ing working relationships          WHOLE COMMUNITY
                                                                  The RCPT made it a priority to incorporate FEMA’s “Whole Communi-
       trophe is not a large   between jurisdictions,
                                                                  ty” approach to planning and those with access and functional needs
version of a routine emer-     resulting in collaboration         are a key component.
gency and the response         on numerous planning
                                                                  CATASTROPHIC HAZARD ANALYSIS
cannot be managed mere-        efforts. As part of our col-       We developed a tool that enables emergency managers to assess
ly with more personnel         laboration, the New York /         impacts of catastrophic events on a regional level. It prioritizes
and equipment. Catastro-       Northern New Jersey Area           resources and material, gives at a glance situational awareness, and
phes create an enormous        Site coordinates its grant         ensures the region is working towards common goals by showing
                                                                  impacts on every jurisdiction and its neighbors.
demand for effective           funds and makes all pro-
coordination and commu-        gram decisions together.           CATASTROPHIC INCIDENT EXECUTIVE PLAYBOOK (CAT-X)
                                                                  We developed a tool to communicate critical issues to decision mak-
nication. This is the job of   The Regional Integration
                                                                  ers. This provides a mechanism for effective information flow from
the emergency manager.         Center (RIC) serves as             the field to the boss, has a state-of-the-art and data-driven tool for
The New York / Northern        the operational arm for            strategic communication during catastrophic incidents.
New Jersey RCPGP Site          the RCPT and is a vehicle          FEDERAL INTEGRATION
is building NIMS/ICS-          for regional collabora-            We led a series of executive level and federal partner facilitated
based tools and systems        tion. Between the RCPT             discussions to focus on the coordination and integration of federal
that enable emergency          and RIC, the New York              assets following a catastrophic event. Out of these discussions came
                                                                  the Federal Integration Plan (FIP) for all of our plans.
managers to manage the         / Northern New Jersey
information and logistical     RCPGP Site has a planning          VIRTUAL REGIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER (VROC)
                                                                  VROC is a tool linking emergency managers with critial information
burdens that catastro-         team with over 700 active          from the first minutes of an incident. Using the current tools (E-Team,
phes bring. As a result of     participants from across           WebEOC, etc.) we will communicate in real-time through a common
the RCPGP, our project         four states, 30 counties,          data exchange standard. The mission is nothing less than instatane-
site has established new       and 16 principal cities.           ous regional situational awareness that allows for strategic decision
                                                                  making and resource sharing.



                        “The reality is that every emergency is not a catastrophic incident; catastrophes are different. They
                    exist over large areas, and long time horizons; have cascading impacts with overlapping problem sets,
                   every one of which could involve large and complex operations.” Joseph F. Bruno, Commissioner,
                                                                                                                          NYC OEM


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                                                                                                            RCPT
    PLANS                                                                                                               SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
      COMPLETED                            build a comprehensive RDD
      SHELTERING AND                       response plan tailored to their
                                           jurisdiction’s resources and
      HOUSING                              needs.
      Both plans form Interagency
      Task Forces (ITF) and provide        COMPLETED
      tool sets with mission state-
      ments, member lists, agendas,        EVACUATION
      reporting forms and resources.       COORDINATION
      The Disaster Housing Recovery        Designed to improve the dif-           Irene Sky | August 2011
      Plan provides guidance on:           ficult decision making process
      Finance, Interim Housing, Con-       of evacuation by creating a
      struction, Housing Recovery Ser-     timeline and framework for
      vices, Land Use and Information      regional coordination during
      Management. The Sheltering                                                  Within the project is also an
                                           both forewarned and no-notice          Affiliated Volunteer Plan that will    OPERATIONALIZATION
      Plan divides sheltering into four    scenarios.
      critical functional areas: Shelter                                          help coordinate affiliated volun-
                                                                                  teers across jurisdictions.           As Hurricane Irene
      Operations, Functional Needs,
      Children’s Needs and Household       IN PROGRESS                                                                  churned in the Atlantic
      Pets & Service Animal Needs.
                                           IMPROVISED                               “The Regional Catastrophic          Ocean, many emergency

      COMPLETED                            NUCLEAR DEVICE                           Planning Team’s work will
                                                                                    significantly benefit the
                                                                                                                        operations centers in the
                                                                                                                        NY-NJ-CT-PA Site and
      INFRASTRUCTURE                       The IND Plan provides tools for
                                           multiple states, multiple FEMA
                                                                                    response and recovery               their associated coastal
      PROTECTION                           regions, the federal government,
                                                                                    following a natural or in-
                                                                                    tentional disaster.” Adam           storm plans had already
      Focuses on improving planning        and the private sector to unite                                              been activated. All fore-
                                                                                    R. Hutter, Director,
      and preparedness in the electric-    quickly in response to a nuclear
                                           detonation. As established in
                                                                                    National Urban Securi-              casts showed the storm
      ity sector through collaborative                                              ty Technology Labora-
      integration with private sector      National Planning Scenario 1, the                                            tracking directly through
                                           response to an IND will be massive       tory, U.S. Department
      owners and operators. Modeling                                                of Homeland Security                the center of our region.
      was completed to simulate a cat-     and complicated; a successful
                                           response will depend on quick                                                It was not a question of
      astrophic scenario drawn from
      actual events. We are now focus-     coordination and integration                                                 whether we would be hit,
                                           vertically between all levels of       IN PROGRESS                           but how hard. A crucial
      ing on public safety communi-
      cations, water and wastewater
      sectors in an effort to analyze
                                           goverment and horizontally across
                                           all agencies.
                                                                                  LOGISTICS                             question remained: could
      these critical infrastructure com-
                                                                                  Defines a Universal Logistics         emergency manage-
                                           The Plan facilitates order to an un-   Standard (ULS), which is a
      ponents and enable responsible       precedented response by describ-
                                                                                                                        ment operations get big
                                                                                  combination of core strategies
      organizations to fix, build and      ing how players come together to                                             enough fast enough?
                                                                                  required for an effective emer-
      access the necessary resources       produce a common operating pic-                                              Recognizing the wealth
                                                                                  gency logistics response, core
      more expeditiously following a       ture and form an organization that     components used to execute the        of knowledge at the Re-
      disaster.                            breaks down complex problems           strategies and annexes and tools
                                           into manageable pieces. This sets      that support implementation.
                                                                                                                        gional Integration Center,
                                           the framework for the long-term        The result is a robust capabil-       the RCPT called on the
        “Catastrophic missions re-         recovery for impacted individuals,     ity to get the right resources in     team for support.
        quire agencies at all levels       families and businesses                place at the right time.
         of the response working                                                                                        This presented an op-
       seamlessly regardless of in-                                               The Program’s Capstone Docu-          portunity to see plans
       cident cause, size, location,                                              ment presents the Universal
                                                                                  Logistics Standard. All docu-         in action, and to test
              or complexity.”
           Kelly McKinney,                                                        ments from the Program will be        the Interagency Task
        Deputy Commissioner,                                                      published by April 2012. Over 20      Forces as a mechanism
              NYC OEM                                                             publications that include Field
                                                                                  Operations Guides, EOC Plans, a       for coordination and
                                                                                  strategic CONOPS, and assess-         problem solving. By
                                                                                  ment papers on critical logistics     August 25th, the entire
      COMPLETED                                                                   topics and intermodal transpor-
                                                                                  tation will be developed. These       RIC staff was integrated
      RADIOLOGICAL                                                                are designed for a variety of user    into NYC OEM’s EOC 24-
      DISPERSAL                                                                   audiences, with the intention of      hour rotation to work on
      DEVICE                                                                      promoting the use of the ULS.
                                                                                  The Capstone joins the Air, Rail
                                                                                                                        the following operations:
      Focuses on how regional              IN PROGRESS                            and Waterways documents as a          sheltering, evacuation,
      executives communicate in the                                               few of the completed delivera-        transportation, debris
      aftermath of an RDD detona-          PRIVATE SECTOR                         bles. The Program is also devel-      management, critical in-
      tion and calls for the formation
      of a Science and Technology
                                           INTEGRATION                            oping a comprehensive training
                                                                                                                        frastructure, logistics and
                                           Bridges the gap between the            program to support all-levels of
      Advisory Committee (STAC) to                                                implementation of this stand-         health and medical. Staff
      provide regional executives with     private sector and the govern-
                                           ment. One part of the plan is a        ardized logistics system.             also assisted NJ OEM
      recommendations and informa-
      tion concerning radiological         Regional Business Coordination         Visit www.EmergencyLogistics.com      with shelter operations.
      contamination, public health         Center (RBCC). The RBCC may
      consequences and environ-            be located within a Joint Field
      mental effects. The plan also        Office as a one-stop shop for           “Our challenge is to always look for the better way, includ-
      provides local jurisdictions with    businesses to effectively assist        ing how we may better respond to disasters.” Lynn
      a template from which they can       and be assisted post-disaster.          Canton, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region II


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                                                                                              RCPT
TOOLS                                                                                                           SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GUIDE          capacity of water-based trans-
PARTICIPATORY                       portation in the region during
                                    an emergency. It allows users to     workshops + exercises
URBAN PLANNING                      view data on vessels and land-
Addresses urban challenges          ings, selecting passenger origin
by describing how to engage         and destination points, and cal-
community-based organiza-           culating passenger throughput.
                                                                         MAY 2011
tions in recovery operations
immediately after an incident.      RESILIENCY TOOLKIT
                                                                         LOG CON
It will contain an Interagency                                           The Regional Logistics Program gathered over 225
Task Force document, case           CONTINUITY OF                        attendees and speakers from over 100 agencies
studies from cities throughout
the region, a regional umbrella
                                    OPERATIONS                           around the country. This meeting allowed emergency
planning group, and a commu-        (COOP)                               management professionals in local, state, and federal
                                                                         governments and the private and nonprofit sectors to
nications toolkit.                  Provides assistance to the           come together to share best practices and work towards
                                    regional continuity of operations    achieving a universal approach to disaster logistics
                                    (COOP) and communications            planning.
                                    planning process and communi-
                                    ties for improving regional cata-    JUNE 2011
                                    strophic preparedness for an all-
                                    hazards response. It is scalable,    DISASTER HOUSING TABLETOP
                                    from a single-site event within      The Fault Line Post-Disaster Housing TTX focused on a
                                    one jurisdiction to a large-scale    catastrophic earthquake in northern New Jersey. The
                                    regional emergency. It also          exercise provided emergency management and housing
                                    provides a template to internally    agencies throughout FEMA Region II the opportunity
                                    develop a plan and a Request         to examine some of the challenges with conducting
                                    for Proposal (RFP) template for      a housing mission following this type of catastrophic
                                    an entity to solicit proposals to    disaster.
                                    develop a COOP plan.
                                      “The RCPT has been                 JUNE 2011
OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE                  making tremendous                  MASS FATALITY EXERCISE
SAHANA                                headway, but without the
                                      continued committment              Held in Jersey City, NJ, the purpose of this exercise allowed
The NYC Sahana Emergency              of leadership at all levels of     participants to be trained on disaster morgue standard
Management System is a free                                              operating procedures and disaster victim identification.
web-based computer program
                                      government, the successes
                                      will be short-term.”               Leaders from local, state, regional and federal agencies
used for tracking shelterees and                                         participated in a planning cell to discuss the complexities
allowing jurisdictions to create      Charlie McKenna,
                                      Director NJ Office of
                                                                         of decision making for mass fatality management.
staffing assignments using
pre-identified staff and facili-      Homeland Security &                JUNE 2011
                                      Preparedness
ties. Through the new Sahana
Whole Product Solution, it will
                                                                         DISASTER HOUSING SUMMIT
be shared with the entire RCPGP     ONLINE TRAINING                      The 2nd annual summit brought together over 100
Site and beyond for no cost. This
will take the necessary soft-
                                    HAM RADIO                            professionals from throughout the country to address
                                                                         two important topics: post-disaster funding and land
ware to install the program and     Government entities often rely       use planning. After panel discussions in the morning and
package it with comprehensive,      on amateur radio operators           afternoon, attendees collaborated on revisions to the
user-friendly documentation         to re-establish lines of com-        Finance and Land Use sections of the plan.
and training describing how         munication that have failed.
to install, manage and use for      This condensed online training       DECEMBER 2011
                                    module can be implemented on
shelter events.
                                    several learning management          RCPGP NATIONAL PLANNING
MASS FATALITY APPLICATION
                                    systems to assist first respond-
                                    ers in preparing for the FCC
                                                                         WORKSHOP
                                                                         This first annual workshop brought together planners
UNIFIED VICTIM                      Amateur Radio Technician’s Class
                                    license. It allows the licensee to   for all nine national RCPGP Sites to participate in a series
IDENTIFICATION                      communicate using amateur            of experiential working sessions over two days in NYC.
SYSTEM (UVIS)                       radio, working with the amateur
                                    radio organizations throughout
                                                                         Best practices, lessons learned and the latest in regional
                                                                         planning were shared amongst the participants.
In the past year, additional        the country.
jurisdictions have acquired the
UVIS users license. NYC and New
Jersey have worked to develop
compatible systems that sup-
port information sharing and                                                                                      Aerial | Hudson River
have incorporated UVIS training
into several exercises (i.e. Red-
zone, Annual Regional Exercise).

DATABASE MODELING TOOL
WATERWAYS
TRANSIT TOOL
This tool was developed to assist
emergency managers in better
understanding the passenger


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                                                                                                       RCPT
                                                                                                                                      CHICAGO SITE



         Chicago

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
     T
             he Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin Combined Statistical Area (CSA) encompasses 16 counties
             in this three state region and the City of Chicago.

     The IL-IN-WI CSA Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is governed
     by the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (RCPT). The RCPT consists of co-chairpersons
     and ten subcommittees, that are also chaired by co-chairpersons.

     Administratively, the RCPT employs one full time employee with a title of Project Manager.
     The Project Manager is the conduit between the RCPT and the various consultants and ven-
     dors working on the following projects.


     FY08                                  HUB RECEPTION                                                              FY10
                                           CENTER PLANNING
    CAPABILITIES                           GUIDE                                                                     The Scopes of Work for all of the
    ASSESSMENT                             The Regional Hub Reception                                                2010 Fiscal Year Projects are still
    REPORT                                 Center (RHRC) Planning Guide
                                           provides assistance to jurisdic-
                                                                                                                     in the developmental stages.
                                                                                                                     However, the goal of the 2010
    This report focused on a detailed      tions within the CSA in the de-                                           Fiscal Year funding is to bring
    analysis of regional capabilities,     velopment of operational plans,                                           together the projects of the pre-
    including identification of short-     procedures, job aids and related                                          vious years through the develop-
    falls, inconsistencies, and overlaps   documents for the staffing and                                            ment of a Training and Evaluation
    in existing plans and resource         operation of a Regional Hub                                               program that will measure plan
    management.                            Reception Center.                                                         and project effectiveness along
                                                                                                                     with identify gaps that will pro-
    CATASTROPHIC                           PRIVATE SECTOR                                                            vide opportunities for improve-
    INCIDENT                               INTEGRATION                           LOGISTICS &                         ment.
    COORDINATION                           PLAN                                  RESOURCE
    PLAN                                   The Private Sector Integration        MANAGEMENT                          The 2010 funding will also
    The intent of the Regional Cata-       Plan (PSIP) will comprehensively      PLAN                                concentrate on educating the
    strophic Incident Coordination         integrate the private sector with     The goals of this project include   CSA, both public and private on
    Plan (RCICP) is to enhance and         the emergency management              planning for the pre-positioning    the products produced through
    improve the region’s catastrophic      community within the CSA in           of available assets, develop-       RCPGP funding. Finally, the
    preparedness and response              conjunction with local, state and     ment of a regional database for     Comprehensive Strategic Plan
    capability by providing an effec-      federal established practices and     resource management, and as-        will be a source document that
    tive means to rapidly locate and       procedures.                           sessing regional resource gaps.     will provide sustainment of the
    acquire critical resources across                                                                                RCPGP program into the future,
    the region that are required by         FY09  CITIZEN                                                            to include after funding avail-
    CSA jurisdictions to respond to a
    catastrophic incident.                        PREPAREDNESS                                                       ability.

                                                  PLAN
    TRANSPORTATION ALL-HAZARDS RISK The Regional Citizen Prepared-
    SIMULATION TOOL ASSESSMENT PLAN ness Campaign objectives are to
                    The Regional All Hazards Risk increase awareness, knowledge,
                                                                                                                              FY10 PLANS
    The Regional Transportation                                                  preparedness and response of               COMPREHENSIVE
                                           Assessment Plan has the goal of
    Simulation Tool for Evacuation                                               emergencies within the CSA                 STRATEGIC PLAN
                                           conducting an all-hazards risk
    Planning (RTSTEP) is a sophisti-                                             along with drive ACTION within
                                           identification assessment for the
    cated computer transportation                                                the CSA communities. Further         REGIONAL TRAINING PLAN
                                           CSA and develop a regional capa-
    simulation that creates a virtual                                            the campaign is designed to
                                           bility to analyze risks in a manner                                       REGIONAL EVALUATION PLAN
    representation of the entire CSA                                             generate excitement while estab-
                                           that provides policy makers with
    region. This tool helps emer-                                                lishing a new campaign model of        CITIZEN PREPAREDNESS
                                           objective data that can be used
    gency planners with forecasting                                              frontline outreach and engage-                  PLAN
                                           to inform cost-efficient invest-
    to help mitigate congestion and                                              ment.
                                           ment strategies that comprise risk
    develop emergency evacuation
                                           management plans.
    plans.


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                                                                                   RCPT
                                                                                                            PUGET SOUND SITE



  Puget Sound

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 F
       or the past three            Planning Team (RCPT) un-
       years, a team consist-       derstand the challenges
       ing of representa-           facing their neighbors
 tives from eight coun-             and are familiar with each
 ties in the Puget Sound            others’ programs and
 Region of Washington               resources. Many of these
 State (Island, King, Kitsap,       programs are highlighted
 Mason, Pierce, Skagit,             in the RCPGP’s Best
 Snohomish and Thurston             Practices and Lessons
 counties) and their as-            Learned Report, including
 sociated cities, as well as        Kitsap County’s Damage
 state, federal and tribal          Assessment Program,
 partners has worked in             Pierce County’s Disaster
 partnership to establish           Survivors’ Advocacy Team,    RESOURCE MANAGEMENT &
 regional disaster response         and the Northwest Tribal
 and recovery plans.                Emergency Manage-            LOGISTICS ANNEX
                                    ment Council. When a         The Puget Sound Regional Resource Management
 One significant byproduct          disaster hits, RCPT part-    and Logistics Plan presents a strategy that encourages
 of the planning was the            ner agencies will rely on    resource sharing and optimizes resource acquisition,
 establishment of ongoing           relationships cultivated     allocation and deployment through increased
 relationships between              during this planning         communication, collaboration and standardization.
 individuals and organiza-          process as they turn to      The recommendations are based on a gap analysis
 tions. Members of the              each other for assistance.   completed at the beginning of the project and
 Regional Catastrophic                                           subsequent research on best practices to fill those gaps.
                                                                 The Annex includes:
  “I see a greater likelihood that planning and prepared-
  ness efforts will be sustained because of relationships/       • Guidance for establishing and managing local staging
                        bonds formed through the RCPGP.”         areas and commodity distribution points, including
                             Mark Watkinson,                     site selection criteria, site layout recommendations and
         Skagit County Emergency Management                      equipment needs, and how to organize and operate a
                                    Director                     collocated local/state staging area.

                                                                 • A self-assessment tool that allows local jurisdictions
                                    Whatcom                      to evaluate their resource management and logistics
                         San Juan                                programs against national standards.
                                         Skagit                  • Two time-phased logistics deployment models; one
                         Island                                  for a no-notice event and the other for threats with
    Clallam                                                      advanced notice
                                        Snohomish
                         Kitsap                                  • Long-term (three to five years) and short-term (one to
     Jefferson                                                   two years) best practices and strategies that address the
                                        King                     resource and logistics challenges in the Region.
        Grays
        Harbor          Mason
                                    Pierce
                                                                 “The Regional Catastrophic planning process has afforded us
                         Thurston                                the opportunity to identify needed mechanisms and tackle
                                                                 tough issues in the comfort of conference rooms instead of
                                                                 knee deep in rubble or flood waters.” Barb Graff, City of
              Pacific           Lewis                            Seattle Emergency Management Director



                 Northwest Washington                                                                                          6
                                                                                                       RCPT
    PLANS                                                                                                                SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

      LONG-TERM CARE                        • Share information across juris-
                                            dictions to develop situational
                                                                                   1. Standardized training for
                                                                                   improved coordination between
                                                                                                                       and other partners across the
                                                                                                                       disaster recovery spectrum. The
      MUTUAL AID                            awareness of the regional pre-         fire service agencies and the       Annex includes
      PLAN                                  hospital response                      construction industry and skilled
                                                                                   trades requested to respond to      • General guidelines on regional
      This planning process enhances        • Develop recommendations              such disasters.                     multi-jurisdictional coordina-
      medical preparedness and              for incident response priorities                                           tion and priority setting for
      response capabilities for evacu-      at a regional level when the           2. The establishment of stand-      the recovery of transportation
      ation and patient movement            pre-hospital system is severely        ard equipment and material          networks.
      through the development of            strained or overwhelmed                inventories that may be useful in
                                                                                   responding to disasters.            • Toolboxes for traffic mitiga-
      a Long-Term Care Mutual Aid           • Support a coordinated strategy                                           tion, waterway alternatives and
      Plan for long term care facilities.   for the distribution of patients to    3. The creation of a general        bridge and roadway reconstruc-
      It addresses a critical planning      area hospitals based on patient        framework for providing mu-         tion.
      gap related to the evacuation of      need and a concurrent assess-          tual aid between the agencies
      medically fragile residents cared     ment of hospital capabilities          executing the agreement which       • Traffic mitigation strategies for
      for in these facilities. The plan,    during incident response               may be called upon to respond       50 major road disruption sce-
      which serves as the foundation                                               to a disaster.                      narios identified by stakeholders
      for a widely adopted mutual aid       • Develop consensus recom-                                                 in each of the eight Puget Sound
      agreement, outlines the follow-       mendations on strategic or                                                 counties.
      ing information and processes:        policy-level issues, such as the       ANNEX
                                                                                                                       • Information, strategies and
      • Alert and notification process
                                            allocation or reallocation of
                                            resources, the establishment of        EVACUATION &                        guidance for local jurisdictions
      • Resources available in the          Field Treatment Sites or the im-       SHELTERING                          to develop their respective
                                                                                                                       local implementation plans to
      Region                                plementation of state protocols        This Annex was developed to
                                            establishing the standard for                                              address local issues, connect
                                                                                   provide a framework for the         local transportation recovery
      • Types of beds available by          field performance in a catastro-       coordination of local, county,      measures with the restoration of
      facility                              phe.                                   regional and state efforts in the   the regional transportation net-
      • Steps that each facility should                                            event of a catastrophic incident    work, and link with other local
      follow in an event that requires      ANNEX                                  such as a major earthquake,         jurisdictions, state and federal
      an evacuation, including patient                                             flood or biological weapon
      tracking protocols.                   STRUCTURAL                             attack. The concept of coor-
                                                                                                                       transportation agencies and traf-
                                                                                                                       fic management systems.
      The plan also identified over 700     COLLAPSE                               dination calls for formation of
      transportation assets that reside     RESCUE                                 an Evacuation and Sheltering
                                                                                   Regional Coordinating Group         ANNEX
      at various long-term care facili-
      ties that can be made available
                                            The Regional Structural Collapse
                                            Rescue Annex is a comprehen-
                                                                                   that could address the following
                                                                                   issues:
                                                                                                                       VOLUNTEER &
      to transport patients during an       sive plan to facilitate an effective                                       DONATIONS
      evacuation incident or event.
      All signatories to the plan agree
                                            response to structural collapse        • Evacuation routes that pass
                                                                                   through multiple jurisdictions      MANAGEMENT
      to maintain the appropriate
                                            incidents. The project team
                                            involved an extensive group of         • Sheltering opening sequence,
                                                                                                                       TOOLKIT
      amount of supplies, equipment,        regional stakeholders including                                            The Regional Volunteer and
                                                                                   locations and capacity
      staffing and other resources re-      state and local first responders                                           Donations Management
      quired to support 110% of their       in fire and law enforcement,           • Common logistical concerns        Toolkit provides assistance to
      licensed bed capacity.                emergency managers, emergen-                                               participating agencies to help
                                                                                   • Public information priori-
                                            cy medical services personnel,                                             manage the coordination of
                                                                                   ties related to evacuation and
      ANNEX                                 public works staff, and private                                            high numbers of spontaneous
                                                                                   sheltering
      PRE-HOSPITAL                          sector firms with construction
                                            and demolition equipment and           • Demobilization of shelters and
                                                                                                                       volunteers and donations that
                                                                                                                       will arrive in the aftermath of
      EMERGENCY                             experience. The Annex provides         potential consolidation of host     a catastrophic disaster. This
      TRIAGE &                              procedures for regional coor-          facilities.                         Toolkit supports regional
      TREATMENT                             dination, decision-making and
                                            resource sharing among Puget           The Annex also identifies sup-
                                                                                                                       coordination by providing local
                                                                                                                       jurisdictions with a template
      The Pre-Hospital Emergency            Sound area emergency response          port needs of access and func-      for spontaneous volunteer
      Triage and Treatment Annex            agencies and other partners            tional needs populations, identi-   management and another for
      provides an all-hazards frame-        with structural collapse rescue        fies mass notification systems      volunteer reception center
      work for planning and response        capability. The Annex provides:        in the Puget Sound Region and       standard operating procedures.
      coordination among Emergency                                                 provides an overview of regional    These templates have been
      Medical Services (EMS) pro-           • Recommended Structural Col-          transportation resources and        adopted by Washington State’s
      viders and other entities that        lapse Rescue Typing                    contacts that could be called       Emergency Management
      share the responsibility for the                                             upon to assist in evacuations.      Division for use statewide.
                                            • Recommended Rescue Equip-
      management and provision of           ment standards and Typing                                                  The Toolkit also outlines roles
      the pre-hospital response to a                                               ANNEX                               and responsibilities for a
      catastrophic incident, regardless     • Recommended Structural                                                   recommended committee that
      of its cause.                         Evaluation, Search and Victim          TRANSPORTATION                      would oversee and support
      The Annex provides a coor-
                                            marking Systems                        RECOVERY                            local volunteer and donations
                                                                                                                       management activities. In
      dinated approach to develop           • Recommended Initial Actions          The Puget Sound Transportation
                                            Checklist                                                                  addition, this Toolkit describes
      a common operating picture                                                   Recovery Annex supplements          how vendor products can be
      of the pre-hospital response,         • Recommended Information              the Puget Sound Regional            used to manage and coordinate
      establish response priorities and     Management Tools                       Catastrophic Coordination Plan.
      develop recommendations to                                                   The Transportation Recovery         donated materials and cash.
      address strategic or policy-level     • A recommended model Memo-            Annex provides information and
      issues. This Annex does this by       randum of Understanding for            recommended guidelines for
      establishing an EMS Coordina-         use with the Associated General        regional coordination, collabo-
      tion Group to:                        Contractors of Washington.             ration, decision-making, and
                                                                                   priority setting among Puget
      • Provide policy level leadership     The draft MOU creates a general        Sound area emergency response
      and strategic coordination for        framework which provides the           and transportation agencies
      the pre-hospital response             following that:

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                                                                                                  RCPT
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     Houston

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 B
        efore we began developing plans and                                  Risk Analysis Report using Digital Sandbox
        procedures, our site focused first on developing
        a comprehensive planning baseline to help us                         Technlogy Inventory: A look at the technologies
  determine our greatest priorities. This approach identified                that support regional catastrophic planning
  some areas we knew were gaps, but we found new areas
  to focus our energies, including gaps in existing plans                    Greater Houston Area Non-Profit Involvement
  and creating stronger ties to state and federal plans. The                 Disaster preparation, response and recovery
  Houston RCPT and support team developed the following
  reports and tools to establish our planning baseline:                      Using Real-World Events to Inform Capability-
                                                                             Based Planning: A reconstruction of Hurricane
  Capability Assessment: Database development and                            Ike & the Oklahoma City bombing
  reports for the region and individual jurisdictions
                                                                             Using Modeling & Analysis to Inform Scenario-Based
  Regional Planning Gaps: A synthesis report                                 Planning: Impact of a Category 5 hurricane & a multiple
  of capability assessment data                                              IED attack on the Houston-Galveston region

    “The program has provided an excellent opportunity to expand regional planning. Regional capabilities have been assessed,
    gaps were identified, plans have been developed, and more is yet to be done. The plans and the other products are valuable,
 but the most important aspect of the program has been the process -- the opportunity to engage a broad range of stakeholders
         in addressing coordination issues.” Dennis Storemski, City of Houston Director of Public Safety and
                                                                                 Homeland Security and RCPT Chair


                                                                                          MODELING AND ANALYSIS
                                                                               The Houston RCPT developed capability models to assist our region
                                                                               with identifying and prioritizing resources needed to respond to
                                                                               catastrophic scenarios. Capabilities analyzed include:
                                                                                             Explosive Device & Response Operations
                                                                                          Multi-Agency Coordination/EOC Management
                                                                                           Emergency Triage and Pre-Hospital Treatment
                                                                                                         Search and Rescue
                                                                                          Counter-Terror Investigation & Law Enforcement
                                                                                     WMD & Hazardous Materials Response & Decontamination
                                                                                                         CBRNE Detection
                                                                                           Emergency Public Safety & Security Response
                                                                                               Volunteer Management & Donations
                                                                               Each report describes the model used to generate requirements
                                                                               based on one or both of the scenarios. The report then compares
                                                                               these requirements to current capability levels, generating a clear
                                                                               picture of regional gaps. These reports help the region determine
                                                                               where future emergency preparedness investments may be directed,
                                                                               identify where more MOAs/MOUs may be needed, and anticipate the
                                                                               need for state and federal assets in light of a catastrophic event.
TRAINING & EXERCISES
 Over the past several years, we have spent a significant amount of time developing plans, systems, policies, and procedures to prepare ourselves
 for a catastrophic incident. Our next step, using FY 2010 and 2011 funds, is to begin developing and implementing training and exercises to test
 those plans. Our site is developing training for our various plans and procedures, and working to increase awareness among both the responder
 community and the public, as appropriate. We are also working to identify available resources in our states, FEMA Regions, and the National
 Exercise Program and beginning to identify opportunities to collaborate on training and exercises with other RCPGP sites.

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    PLANS                                                                                               RCPT
                                                                                                                                          HOUSTON SITE

     TECHNICAL                                                                   situation. This will include videos   PLAN IN PROGRESS

     ASSISTANCE
                                                                                 and written materials.
                                                                                                                       ALL-HAZARDS
     Under the RCPGP, DHS/FEMA has
                                                                                 Functional Needs Support              PLANNING
     provided Technical Assistance to
                                                                                 Services (FNSS) Seminar
                                                                                                                       SUPPORT
     the Houston site, providing us                                              Our site is developing a semi-
     with tools and processes to sup-                                            nar for emergency managers,           To build on projects developed
     port planning enhancements for        COMPLETED PLANS                       disability advocates, and service     in FY 2008, the RCPT is working
     several key topics, including:                                              providers to develop a dialogue       to develop standard operating
                                           PANDEMIC                              on how to meet the needs of all       procedures and job aids to sup-
     • Continuity of Operations
     (COOP) for jurisdictions and non-
                                           INFLUENZA                             residents in all phases of emer-      port the Regional Catastrophic
                                                                                                                       Coordination Plan and the
     profit organizations:                 PLANNING                              gency management.
                                                                                                                       Catastrophic Medical Operations
                                           The RCPT’s priority for FY 2009       Regional Hospital Preparedness        Center Plan. We are also revis-
     • EOC Management                                                            Council (RHPC) Symposium
                                           is pandemic influenza planning.                                             ing our Technology Inventory
     • Disaster Recovery                   Under the Regional Catastrophic                                             Report, developing a detailed
                                                                                 The Houston RCPI sponsored
                                           Preparedness Initiative, our                                                analysis of these emergency
     • Mutual Aid Agreements                                                     the RHPC Symposium in 2011
                                           site developed a step-by-step                                               management technologies,
                                                                                 and will do so again in 2012.
     • Mass Casualty/Mass Fatality         approach to developing unified                                              and identifying where gaps
                                                                                 The purpose of the symposium
     Planning                              plans for a pandemic. Our sup-                                              still remain. RCPI planners have
                                                                                 is to enhance partnerships and
                                           port teams assisted us in devel-                                            also developed plan templates
     Additionally, we have benefited                                             information sharing across
                                           oping the following products:                                               for logistics management and
     from deliveries in other sites, in-                                         the public health, medical,
                                                                                                                       operations for volunteer recep-
     cluding volunteer management          • H1N1 Meta-Analysis of After Ac-     and emergency management
                                                                                                                       tion centers. The State of Texas
     and volunteer reception center        tion Reports (roll up of jurisdic-    disciplines. Sessions focus on
                                                                                                                       is leading an interoperable data
     planning that was completed at        tional AARs to look at common         regulatory requirements, plan in-
                                                                                                                       communications project for
     the Puget Sound site. Our site        issues)                               tegration, exercises and training,
                                                                                                                       FEMA Region VI; the planning
     was able to observe the Puget                                               communications/technologies,
                                           • Medical Surge and Mass                                                    portion of this project is being
     Sound workshop and adapt the                                                and coalition building.
                                           Prophylaxis Plan Reviews                                                    supported by the RCPT.
     materials for use in the Houston
     Region. Because of this informa-      • Medical Surge and Mass              PLAN IN PROGRESS
     tion sharing, we saved federal        Prophylaxis Capability Require-
     funds by not having to request        ments and Analysis Models             MEDICAL SURGE
     our own workshops for the same
                                           • Regional Pandemic Influenza         PLANNING
     topic. This is one example of                                               One of the key outcomes from
                                           Scenario Report
     leveraging our nation-wide part-                                            the FY 2008 Emergency Triage
     nerships that have been built as      • Regional Public Health              and Pre-Hospital Treatment
     a result of this program.             Coordination Framework                modeling discussions was
                                           • Regional Guidance for the           the need to develop a coor-
     COMPLETED PLANS                       Establishment of Alternate Care       dinated approach to ambu-             PLAN IN PROGRESS
                                                                                 lance response for a no-notice
     CONOPS FOR IED                        Facilities
                                                                                 incident. RCPI planners have          STRATEGIC
     & HURRICANE                           • Regional Health and Medical         worked to develop concepts            PLANNING
     SCENARIOS                             Planning Integration Report           for activation, notification, and
                                                                                 mobilization. This “AMOPS”            & PROGRAM
     After the RCPT identified key
     gaps, over 100 local, regional,
                                           • Texas Medical Center Pandemic
                                           Influenza Preparedness and
                                                                                 plan will support the Houston-        INTEGRATION
                                                                                 Galveston region and will also        The Houston region is actively
     state, and federal partners           Response Guide
                                                                                 link to the Catastrophic Medical      working to enhance integra-
     convened for several planning         • Regional Epidemiology               Operations Center (CMOC) plans
     workshops in January and Febru-                                                                                   tion between all DHS/FEMA and
                                           Coordination Plan                     and procedures.                       HHS grant programs. While this
     ary 2010. In these workshops, re-
     sponse Concepts of Operations                                                                                     program calls for the develop-
     (CONOPS) for critical functions       IN PROGRESS                           PLAN IN PROGRESS                      ment of a strategic plan for the
     were outlined (corresponding
     scenario in parentheses):
                                           COMMUNITY                             MASS FATALITY                         continuation of the planning
                                                                                                                       framework as developed under
                                           PREPAREDNESS &                        PLANNING                              the RCPI, we believe it is critical
     • Coordination of Multiple Inci-
     dent Sites (IED)                      SUPPORT                               While several jurisdictions in the    to have a similar approach for
                                                                                                                       all grant programs and to col-
                                           Houston Hide from the Wind            Houston-Galveston region have
     • Search and Rescue (IED, hur-                                              plans for mass fatality response,     lectivize our efforts to ensure
                                           houstonhidefromthewind.org                                                  that our goals and objectives
     ricane )                                                                    there was not a unified approach
                                           This decision support tool as-        to mass fatality management in        all align. This is done through
     • Regional No-notice Medical          sists residents with determining      the region. The RCPT prioritized      cross-pollination of various com-
     Response (IED)                        expected conditions in their zip      planning for mass fatality for two    mittees, and building a regional
                                           code for a forecasted tropical        counties and is now focusing          plan inventory matrix to assist
     • Activation of a Family Assis-                                                                                   in tracking and prioritizing plan
     tance Center (IED, hurricane)         storm or hurricane. This website      on the development of regional
                                           is currently available for the City   CONOPS and Field Operating            development and enhancement,
     In a parallel effort, our region      of Houston. Funds from RCPGP          Guides. The team also developed       training, exercises, and cases
     revised and adopted the               will be used to provide this capa-    a comprehensive mass fatality         where the plans have been used
     Regional Catastrophic Coordina-       bility to the 13-county region.       plan template that can be shared      in real-world response. For exam-
     tion Plan (RCCP), which outlines                                            with any interested jurisdictions.    ple, elements of our Regional
     the response process for the          Mumbai-type attack awareness                                                Catastrophic Coordination Plan
     Houston-Galveston Region’s            campaign                                                                    were used in our regional
     Multi -Agency Coordination                                                                                        wildfire response in 2011, and
                                           The purpose of this project is to
     Center (MACC). We have shared                                                                                     we are updating our plans to
                                           develop materials for the private
     copies of these drafts with other                                                                                 reflect some of the operational
                                           sector and the public to prepare
     sites and are working to validate                                                                                 changes needed based on les-
                                           for and respond to an active
     these plans before we begin                                                                                       sons learned.
                                           shooter/Mumbai-type attack
     training and exercises in 2012.

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                                                                                  RCPT
                                                                                                         HAMPTON ROADS SITE



  Hampton Roads

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
T
                                                                                                 COMPLETED
     he Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic                  PLANS
     Planning Team (HRRCPT) is a multi-state, mul-                                               MASS
     ti-jurisdictional planning effort that brings a                                             EVACUATION &
“super-regional” planning focus to 24 jurisdictions
                                                           COMPLETED
                                                                                                 TRANPORTATION
in Southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina.        REGIONAL                              PLANNING
Stretching from the Virginia-Maryland border to Cape       CATASTROPHIC                          Developed a plan to identify
Hatteras/Dare County, North Carolina, the planning         RESPONSE                              mass evacuation and transpor-
region enables a coordination of effort that covers        FRAMEWORK                             tation system capabilities to
                                                                                                 move large numbers of people
coastal Virginia and Northeast North Carolina, and         The Framework contains                out of the Hampton Roads
brings together a comprehensive regional focus that        concepts and practices to             region. Created a State Border
                                                           guide emergency managers              Traffic Control plan between
has never existed prior to the RCPGP Program.              in preparing and responding           Virginia and North Carolina.
                                                           to a catastrophic event on a
National Planning Scenarios for the HRRCPT:                regional scale. It is designed
                                                           to complement existing State          COMPLETED
The Hampton Roads Region is home to over 1.8 mil-
lion people and a major port facility on the East Coast.
                                                           and Local Emergency Response          REFUGES OF LAST
The Port of Hampton Roads is a primary gateway to
                                                           Plans and seeks to enhance the
                                                           coordination of effort among          RESORT
                                                           the member jurisdictions, the         Phase II Supply and Demand
the Nation’s “Heartland” and has one of the largest        stes and federal government.          evacuation analysis, both with
concentration of military facilities and assets in the     The Framework will continue           and without interstate highway
world. Because of these factors and being a coastal        to evolve as future plans are         lane reversal, identified a gap
                                                           developed and adjusted.               in the number of pre-identified
region, the HRRCPT selected the following planning                                               Refuges of Last Resort to ac-
scenarios for regional catastrophic planning:                                                    commodate stranded evacuees
                                                           COMPLETED
                                                                                                 in the region. Future planning
       Natural Disaster – Major Hurricane                  MASS CARE                             efforts will seek to develop a
       Biological – Aerosol Anthrax                        & SHELTER                             common understanding of
                                                                                                 definition, purpose and opera-
       Explosive Attacks – Bombings using IED              PLANNING                              tion of a Refuge of Last Resort
                                                           A Supply Analysis identified          and increase the total number
                                                           the region’s pre-identified           of identified facilities across the
                                                           shelter facilities as reported by     region.
                                                           each member jurisdiction. The
                                                           Transportation and Evacuation         COMPLETED
                                                           Demand Analysis determined
                                                           the number of evacuees that           REGIONAL
                                                           would require sheltering.             LOGISTICS
                                                           FY2008 funding identified
                                                           a gap that exists in certain          STRATEGY
                                                           sub-regions between the total         Developed a Regional Logistics
                                                           number of citizens that could         Strategy to improve the capac-
                                                           potentially seek shelter during       ity to stage, move and provide
                                                           a major catastrophic event and        for the efficient and effective
                                                           the capacity of the region to         distribution of commodities
                                                           adequately house evacuees. Fu-        and resources in the region.
                                                           ture planning efforts will work
                                                                                                 FY2008 identified a potential
                                                           to identify additional shelter fa-
                                                                                                 gap in the development and
                                                           cilities and close this gap. In ad-
                                                                                                 availability of Logistics Staging
                                                           dition, plans will be developed
                                                                                                 Areas (LSA) and the need for a
                                                           to provide for sufficient staffing
                                                                                                 regional logistics strategy that
                                                           to properly staff and operate
                                                                                                 will provide for the movement
                                                           shelters when needed.
                                                                                                 of resources and commodities
                                                                                                 to staging areas and Points
                                                                                                 of Distribution (POD). Future
                                                                                                 planning efforts will focus on
                                                                                                 the development of a regional
                                                                                                 logistics strategy to provide
                                                                                                 effective logistics operations in
                                                                                                 support of a catastrophic event.


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FUTURE PROJECTS -                                                                          RCPT
HAMPTON ROADS                                                                                             SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS



      IMMEDIATE &
      LONG-TERM                                          SITE
                                                          Honolulu
      REGIONAL
      PROGRAM
      STRATEGY
      An Intermediate and Long-Term
                                                   ACCOMPLISHMENTS
      Housing Program and Frame-
      work within the region will be       FY08                           FY09                          FY10/11
      developed that will provide
      both intermediate and long-                                                                          We will be focusing
      term housing relief for those         We met our match               We are still working to         on county-specific
      citizens displaced as the result      requirement with the           gather in-kind matches.         hurricane plans,
      of a catastrophic event.              development of an              Our current projects            based on the Hawaii
                                            in-kind toolkit, which         are Pandemic Public             Catastrophic Hurricane
      COMPREHENSIVE                         provides standardized
                                            templates and
                                                                           Awareness and Pandemic          Operations Plan
      RCPT TRAINING                         documents to provide
                                                                           Logistics. These two            (OPLAN) and Hawaii
      & EXERCISE                            support documentations.
                                                                           projects will also provide
                                                                           a framework for our future
                                                                                                           All-Hazards Concept
                                                                                                           Plan (CONPLAN), which
      PROGRAM                               County-specific
                                            Pandemic Influenza
                                                                           projects and in an all-         was developed in a joint
      A Training program will be                                           hazards scenario.               venture between Hawaii
      developed that will prepare           Plans and departmental                                         State Civil Defense and
      first responders based upon           Continuity of Operation                                        Federal Emergency
      the regional response frame-          Plans at each county                                           Management Agency
      work. The framework will be           have been completed.                                           Region IX. Currently
      tested through a series of            We are currently working                                       we are still in the
      exercises that will vary in scope     on state departmental                                          contracting process.
      and be designed to test and           Continuity of Operation
      evaluate various components           Plans, Concept of


                                                                           T
      of the plan. Future planning          Operations Plans and
      efforts will incorporate lessons      Mass Fatality Plans.                There is only one Program Manager that runs the entire
      learned.                                                                  program with hired consultants. The Program Manager
                                                                                works closely with the RCPT Chair and SAA (and/or its
      PUBLIC                                                               representative). Due to the limited staffing, the Program
                                                                           Manager also oversees a consultant who is responsible
      EDUCATION                                                            for documenting match. Support from the RCPT Chair
      TRAINING                                                             and SAA (and/or its representative) are essential for suc-
      PROGRAM                                                              cess and moving forward with the planning process. Also,
                                                                           with the help and collaborative effort from other sites, we
                                           IMPLEMENTATION
      Creation of training and educa-
      tion programs that will em-          PLAN                            are able to enhance our plans and learn from others.
      power citizens to develop and
      quickly implement personal           SUCCESSES
      response plans to minimize loss      At this point, the county
      of life and the preservation of
      property.
                                           Pandemic Plans are
                                           incorporated within each
                                                                                 exercise
                                           county’s Emergency Opera-
      REGIONAL                             tions Plan. Each county will
                                           be held responsible to
                                                                                 According to the FY 2011 RCPG Guidance,
      COLLABORATION                        update their own Plans.
                                                                                 we are required to complete one tabletop
      STRATEGY                                                                   exercise for one component and one full-scale
      Sustaining regional planning         IMPLEMENTATION
                                                                                 exercise for the remaining component. Ac-
      efforts will be critical to insure                                         cording to our SAA representative, we have
      coordination and collaboration       LEVERAGING                            already completed one tabletop exercise in FY
      among multiple stakeholder           SUCCESS                               2009 to validate county Pandemic Plans. We
      groups. Planning efforts will be     Regarding the in-kind
      focused on regional coop-                                                  will be having a full-scale exercise to validate
                                           toolkit, we have sent the             our county Hurricane Plans. For the full-scale
      eration, improved commu-             success story to our SAA
      nications and expanding the          representative, who then              exercise, we will be working in collabora-
      regional network to include          forwarded it to our FEMA              tion with Hawaii State Civil Defense’s annual
      critical stakeholder groups          contact. Yet, to date, we
      such as the Military, quasi and                                            Makani Pahili Exercise. We will be addressing
                                           have not seen our success             the concerns and issues in Makani Pahili 2012
      non-governmental groups, the         story published in any of
      faith-based community groups         the RCPG newsletters.                 in preparation for Makani Pahili 2013. We will
      and private businesses Par-                                                be integrating this RCPG exercise requirement
      ticular emphasis will focus on       Regarding Plans, we have
      developing potential strategies      uploaded reference materi-            with the Makani Pahili 2013.
      and recommended programs             als on VJPO. With the newly
      to foster and sustain a regional     set up RCPGP initiative, we
      catastrophic planning program        can put all our reference
      on a permanent basis.                materials there.



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                                                                                       RCPT
                                                                                                                      BAY AREA SITE



  Bay Area

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 T
      he current Bay Area UASI region is comprised of twelve coun-
      ties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San
      Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey
 and San Benito) and the two major cities of Oakland and San Jose.            
 In 2005, prior to the DHS led consolidation, this group initiated
 regional planning and collaboration efforts by developing the Re-
 gional Emergency Coordination Plan (RECP).

 In the event of a catastrophic earthquake, the region will need
 massive, rapid support from the federal government, other local
 governments in California, other states, and nonprofit and private-
 sector organizations. The effectiveness of the region’s response
 will affect the long-term recovery of the region’s communities and
 economy. An effective response is possible only if comprehensive
 planning has taken place. The RCPGP has provided an important
 all-hazards planning complement to the terrorism preparedness
 focus provided by the UASI program.


 With that goal in mind, an             providers. The regional plans
 inter-agency, multi-discipline,        include a Concept of Operations
 and multi-jurisdictional group         Section, as well as Priorities,                BAY AREA REGION
 was formed. As a result of this        Objectives and Tasks from
 comprehensive, regional planning       the event through 60 days of             The Bay Area is vulnerable to natural dis-
 effort, the Bay Area site elected to   response and recovery. The Mass          asters as it rests upon one of the longest
 develop annexes to the Bay Area’s      Care and Sheltering Plan adds an         and most active earthquake fault systems
 Regional Emergency Coordination        additional component on Interim          in the world, the San Andreas Fault. The
 Plan (RCP) in six distinct, yet        Housing which takes the recovery         U.S. Geological Survey estimates an 80%
 interrelated, planning efforts         period out to one year.
 utilizing the common scenario of                                                chance of a magnitude 6.7 or greater
 a catastrophic earthquake in the       In addition to the regional plans,       quake striking the Bay Area within the next
 Bay Area: Debris Removal, Mass         local plans were completed for           30 years. An earthquake of this magnitude
 Care and Sheltering, Mass Fatality,    the twelve counties (see list            will result in widespread and catastrophic
 Mass Transportation/Evacuation,        above) in the Bay Area Site, as
                                                                                 damage and will immediately overwhelm
 Volunteer Management and               well as the core urban cities of
                                        Oakland and San Jose. These              local, regional, and state emergency re-
 Donations Management.
                                        local plans were designed from           sponse capabilities.
                                        a standard template to provide
                                        consistency and integration with         The Bay Area includes over 100 incorpo-
                                        the regional plans, while being          rated cities and a combined total popula-
                                        customized to the needs of the
                                        individual local jurisdictions.          tion exceeding 7.5 million people. In ad-
                                                                                 dition to the 7.5 million residents, the Bay
                                        Although developed for a                 Area attracts 15.7 million visitors annually.
                                        catastrophic earthquake scenario,        The Bay Area is one of the most culturally
                                        these plans provide an all-hazards
                                        framework which is designed to           diverse regions in California. With just over
 Each planning effort includes a
 regional plan which identifies the     be scalable to the size and scope        800,000 residents, San Francisco is the 4th
 major roles and responsibilities       of any disaster. All plans apply         most populous city in California and the
 of regional emergency response         the principals and protocols             most densely populated major city in the
 entities, as well as identifying the   of the Incident Command                  state. San Jose is the third largest city in
 critical relationships and lines of    System (ICS), the Standardized
                                        Emergency Management System              California with Oakland being the eighth
 communication between local
 and regional responders and            (SEMS), and the National Incident        largest.
                                        Management System (NIMS).


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 PLANS                                                                                                 RCPT
                                                                                                                                         BAY AREA SITE
      FY08
                                                                                 and private entities responding and providing donated resources to
                                                                                 recovery operations in a catastrophic event.
     DEBRIS REMOVAL/MANAGEMENT
     These plans guide the debris removal and management opera-                   FY09
     tions needed in the wake of a catastrophic event. Details of staging,
     command, control and deployment of contracted, state, and federal
     resources were addressed. This effort is being coordinated with the         PLAN VALIDATION WORKSHOPS
     Los Angeles RCPGP Site to ensure both areas have addressed both             Workshops for all plans completed with FY 07-08 and FY 09 funding
     individual as well as collective needs for resources.                       were conducted. These workshops, through facilitated discussions,
                                                                                 with interactive, scenario-based problem solving activities were
     COMPLETED                                                                   designed to test the plans that have been accomplished. Testing
                                                                                 assumptions, policies, protocols and operational responsibilities are
     MASS EVACUATION/TRANSPORTATION                                              only a few of the things that were validated through these work-
     PLANS                                                                       shops. Outcomes from these workshops provided insight into gaps
                                                                                 in the initial plans, and provided opportunities to fill those gaps by
     Includes a contract executed for a Water Emergency Transporta-              implementing corrective action. These workshops lead to eventual
     tion Agency (WETA) plan, which was integrated into the regional             integration of the plans into functional and full-scale exercises within
     Mass Transportation/Evacuation Plan. These plans provide a guide            the region.
     to emergency management operations using mass transportation
     resources to support evacuation of populations affected by a cata-
     strophic event. They provide guidance for using the same resources          FY10
     for moving first responders / providers and disaster service workers
     into the affected areas. These plans coordinate government, non-
     governmental agencies, special districts, state and federal resources       REGIONAL LOGISTICS & RESTORATION
     into transportation and evacuation operations, including movement
     of relief resources into the affected area.
                                                                                 OF LIFELINES PLANS
                                                                                 The goal of this project is to develop a Regional Logistics Plan with an
                                                                                 emphasis on the coordination of logistic operations and priorities for
     COMPLETED                                                                   distribution of scarce resources between local, state and federal levels
     MASS FATALITY PLANS                                                         in a catastrophic event. A key element of the project is the gathering
                                                                                 and analysis of the Bay Area’s current logistic capabilities. The plan
     These plans guide the response objectives and activities of each Op-        will be used to develop county and core city plan templates as well
     erational Area in the Bay Area, working in conjunction with state and       as applicable annexes to the Regional Emergency Coordination Plan
     federal authorities and resources which will be deployed to the Bay         (RECP) to encompass all phases of logistic planning. One component
     Area in a mass casualty event. These plans address both the coroner         of the plan will be the restoration of various lifelines in the Bay Area.
     and medical examiner functions as well as the effects on the health
     and hospital systems dealing with mass fatalities.
                                                                                 IN PROCESS
     COMPLETED                                                                   REGIONAL TRAINING & EXERCISES
     MASS CARE & SHELTERING PLANS                                                PROJECT
     Includes Interim Housing Component                                          The site is in the process of working with their counterparts in the Bay
                                                                                 Area UASI Training and Exercise program to provide training classes
     These plans provide a guide for regional operations for the care and        to test and validate the plans developed in the FY 2007, FY 2008,
     sheltering of individuals, including those with access and functional       and FY 2009 grant cycles. The RCPT is currently vetting courses that
     needs, who have been displaced by a catastrophic event. The plans           correspond to the plans developed using a catastrophic earthquake
     also address the operations associated with providing interim hous-         scenario.
     ing (for up to a year) for displaced residents.
                                                                                 IN PROCESS
                                                                                 REGIONAL PUBLIC OUTREACH
                                                                                 PROJECT
                                                                                 This project has several components, including the expansion of a
                                                                                 successful Marin County project for fifth graders called Get Ready 5
        FY09                                                                     (GR-5) which provides take home educational materials for students;
                                                                                 a City of Oakland pilot project to provide outreach to underserved
                                                                                 populations; and, the development of a Joint Information System
                                                                                 (JIS) to ensure that consistent messaging is used throughout the
     COMPLETED                                                                   region during a disaster.
     VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT PLANS
     These plans guide the process for collaboration and coordination
     during regional events of both spontaneous and affiliated volunteer
     resources. This effort involves significant collaboration with California
     Volunteers, the state’s lead agency supporting volunteer manage-
     ment at the state and regional level.

     COMPLETED
     REGIONAL DONATIONS MANAGEMENT
     PLANS
     These plans guide the management of both financial / monetary
     donations, as well as all types of in-kind donations of goods and
     services. The plans provides a coordination structure linking public


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   Los Angeles

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  PLANS                              Guide, utilized in conjunction
                                     with the Mass Evacuation Guide
                                                                            regional recovery
REGIONAL COLLABORATION               assists regional jurisdictions
                                     with emergency planning and
THE ALLIANCE                         resource allocation improving
The Los Angeles Area Regional        service delivery.
Alliance brings together a team      MISSION AREA: Response
of emergency managers, first
responders and disaster relief       CORE CAPABILITY: Mass Care
organizations to coordinate and
facilitate collaboration across
                                     2010-2012
the five county region. The Al-
liance drives the development        COMMODITY
of several guides and plan tem-
plates for emergency planning        DISTRIBUTION
purposes in the 88 cities that       (C-PODs)
make up Los Angeles County           C-PODs enhance the capabili-
and its neighboring Operational      ties of the Los Angeles Area to
Areas. Alliance members pro-                                                2010-2014
                                     provide lifesustaining commodi-
vide technical assistance to local   ties to affected populations           BUILDING ON THE NATIONAL
jurisdictions in the design and
implementation of the guides
                                     following a significant disaster.
                                     Twenty site-specific Commod-
                                                                            DISASTER RECOVERY FRAMEWORK
and templates.                       ity Distribution (CD) Plans for        Guides local jurisdictions in recovery planning and recovery support
MORE INFORMATION:                    independent sites in the region        functions, built on regional collaboration and the whole of community.
www.laoaalliance.org                 which now use a prescribed CD
                                     Plan Template and guidelines.          One of the first efforts based on the new NDRF, the guide and
EMAIL:                               Furthermore, the sites identify        corresponding template will assist jurisdictions in developing recovery
support@laoaalliance.org             and log commodity-based busi-          plans that are based on mutual aid and long-term strategies.
                                     nesses throughout the region
                                     using a Business Database
ONGOING PROJECT                                                            and will be available nationwide      ONLINE RESOURCES
                                     Template, and generates maps
EVACUATION                           with that data in ArcGIS. The site
                                                                           for responders.
                                                                                                                 CATASTROPHIC
Concentrates on developing a         strategy is in line with stand-
                                     ards set forth by the US Army
                                                                           MISSION AREA: Recovery                PLANNING.ORG
regional and comprehensive                                                 CORE CAPABILITY: Housing              For more information on the
approach to mass evacuations         Corps of Engineers (USACE) as
                                     being Type III, II or I serving 5k,                                         Los Angeles Area planning ef-
by outlining strategies, proce-                                                                                  forts please visit the following
dures, recommendations and           10k, and 20k persons per day          2010-2012
                                     respectively.                                                               website.
organizational structures that
can be used in coordinated
                                                                           NON-TRADITION-                        MORE INFORMATION:
regional efforts. The Guide
                                     MISSION AREA: Response
                                                                           AL SHELTERING                         www.catastrophicplanning.org
offers a single comprehensive        CORE CAPABILITY: Public &
                                     Private Services and Resources
                                                                           PLAN
all-inclusive regional evacuation                                          This plan takes the first criti-
mapping system to be used by                                                                                       “Regional collaboration
                                                                           cal look at Open Space and              is imperative in today’s
first responders and emergency       2010-2012                             Mega-Shelter planning in the
planners.                                                                                                          homeland security and
                                     DISASTER                              United States. This plan includes
                                                                           a dormitory annex, a historical
                                                                                                                   emergency management
MORE INFORMATION:
www.catastrophicplanning.org         HOUSING PLAN                          review and the lessons learned
                                                                                                                   environment. The ability
                                                                                                                   to successfully close gaps
                                     The Disaster Housing Planning         of past events involving mass           and establish a whole
                                     Project establishes an effec-         shelter operations throughout
2009-2011                                                                  the country. A plan template
                                                                                                                   community approach for our
                                     tive and collaborative Regional                                               populations, is a testament to
RECEPTION                            Disaster Housing process for the      is in development for other
                                                                           jurisdictions to utilize when           the cooperative work taking
PROCESSING                           five county region that is home
                                     to 18 million residents spread        establish site planning priorities,     place within our regions. In
Reception Processing is an           across 33,400 square miles, in        resources for short vs. long-term       addition, these local efforts
important component to mass          order to increase prepared-           habitation as well as site safety       have been enhanced by
evacuation in identifying and        ness for, and recovery from, a        and security concerns.                  the alliance of some of the
tracking populations that re-        catastrophic disaster. A software                                             largest and most complex
quire assistance. This project fo-                                         MISSION AREA: Recovery                  regions across the nation.”
                                     application is being developed
cuses on helping regional agen-      to allow inspection teams as          CORE CAPABILITY:                        James Featherstone,
cies and departments engage in       part to the Safety Assessment         Health & Social Services                City of Los Angeles
coordinated planning for scal-       Program (SAP) to handle dam-                                                  Emergency
able reception operations. This      age assessments in real-time                                                  Management
                                                                                                                   Department

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                                                                                                     RCPT
                                                                                                                                 LOS ANGELES SITE
       PLANS                               the Los Angeles site is now in        icad missions
                                           direct collaboration with the
     2007-2010                             NY/NJ site integrating the Unifi
                                           ed Victim Idenfication System
     MASS CARE                             (UVIS) platform from coast to
     Guides jurisdictions in de-           coast and adopting its regional
     veloping mass care annex,             plans.
     appendices, standard operating        MISSION AREA: Response
     procedures and checklists while
     integrating community infor-          CORE CAPABILITY:
     mation such as demographics,          Fatality Management Services
     socioeconomics, and vulnerable
     population needs.
                                           2010
                                           PATH OF
                                           DANGER EXERCISE
                                           & WORKSHOP                             ICAD TEAM MEMBERS IN AUSTRALIA
                                           Participants had an opportunity
                                           to evaluate current mass evacu-        INFORMATION COLLECTION,
                                           ation planning, concepts, proto-
                                           col, and capabilities following a
                                                                                  ANALYSIS & DISSEMINATION TEAMS
                                           terrorist attack or unpredicted        The Alliance Information, Collection, Analysis and
                                           natural disaster. Focused on key
                                                                                  Dissemination (ICAD) teams explored mitigation, response
                                           local emergency planner and fi
                                           rst responder coordination, criti-     and recovery eff orts in domestic disasters in New York City,
     The guide suggests identifying        cal decision making, to save lives     Miami, Houston and Seattle.
     mass care infrastructure capa-        and protect the public. Emphasis
     bilities, potential hazards in the    was on Communication, Evacua-          The teams study local, state, regional, and national responses
     community, and available local        tion and Transportation.               and recovery from catastrophic events looking for best practices
     resources.                                                                   and valuable lessons learned so they can be incorporated into
                                           2009                                   homeland planning eff orts.developing recovery plans that are
     MISSION AREA: Response
                                                                                  beased on mutual aid and long term strategies.
     CORE CAPABILITY:                      PATH OF FURY
     Mass Care Services                    TABLETOP &
                                           WORKSHOP                             response and recovery efforts       trip that the Alliance has taken
     2009-2012                             Designed to focus on local           in international disasters in       has resulted in a collection of
     MEDICAL POINTS                        government and emergency             Chile, Australia, New Zealand       valuable information and les-
     OF DISPENSING                         responder agencies address-
                                           ing the areas of command and
                                                                                and Japan. The teams explored
                                                                                the challenges and lessons
                                                                                                                    sons learned, the opportunity to
                                                                                                                    travel to Japan differed in two
     (M-PODs)                              control, resource coordination,      learned returning with a wealth     very significant ways. First, the
     The goal of the Points of             critical decision-making, alerts,    of information applicable to the    team was be able to learn from
     Dispensing (PODs) Project was         notifi cations, and public infor-    Los Angeles Regional guides and     a similarly developed and tech-
     to expand upon each jurisdic-         mation. Participants examined        plan templates for evacuation,      nologically advanced country
     tion’s capability to provide mass     these issues as jurisdictions        mass care, and recovery.            about how we can prepare for
     prophylaxis in accordance with        requiring evacuation and from                                            the impending earthquake in
                                           those jurisdictions receiving        MORE INFORMATION: https://          the Los Angeles Area. Secondly,
     federal and county standards                                               vlevittown.vjpo.org/sites/vjpo/
     and guidelines in direct support      and managing the evacuated                                               and perhaps most importantly,
     of Federal Emergency Support          displaced population.                icadmissions                        it provided the opportunity
     Function #8 - Public Health                                                                                    to learn lessons specific to a
     and Medical Services. Each            2010-2012                            OCTOBER 2010                        meta-event, involving numerous
                                                                                                                    catastrophic events taking place
     jurisdiction has developed and
     maintained sitespecific POD           VJPO/LYNC                            CHILE ICAD                          nearly simultaneously.
     plans by conducting facility          TRAINING                             After the devastating earth-
                                                                                quake in Chile our team visited
     assessments, writing facility use     The Alliance utilizes the Virtual                                        MOVING FORWARD...
     plans, and creating security and                                           aff ected areas and subsequently
     traffic management strategies. A
                                           Joint Planning Office (VJPO) to
                                           coordinate and communicate
                                                                                released an extensive after ac-     CATASTROPHIC
     regional POD planning process
     along with specifi c jurisdictional
                                           with jurisdictions across the Los
                                                                                tion report (AAR) that provides
                                                                                regional best practices and les-
                                                                                                                    PREPAREDNESS
     plan components has allowed
                                           Angeles Region. Currently, VJPO
                                           is leveraged to collect comments
                                                                                sons learned incorporated into      SOCIAL MEDIA
     the Greater Los Angeles area to       and suggestions from team            our planning initiatives.           STRATEGY
     incorporate POD exercises and         members across fi ve counties                                            All ten RCPGP sites are collabo-
     plan peer review into its long        on the Recovery Support Func-                                            rating on a national level and are
     term strategy.                                                             DECEMBER 2011
                                           tions.                                                                   providing extensive coverage of
     MISSION AREA: Response                MORE INFORMATION: https://
                                                                                JAPAN ICAD                          their planning eff orts, resulting
                                                                                Japan has often been recog-         plans, guidance, templates, and
     CORE CAPABILITY:                      vlevittown.vjpo.org                                                      tools that can be adopted by
                                                                                nized as the most earthquake
     Public Health & Medical Services                                           prepared country in the world.      any juridisction in the country to
                                           JULY 2011                            Yet, as the world witnessed on      better improve their emergency
                                                                                                                    management and homeland
     GAP ANALYSIS PRIORITY
                                           AUSTRALIA, NEW                       March 11, 2011, even the most
                                                                                prepared countries are not im-      security practices.
     MASS FATALITY                         ZEALAND ICAD                         mune to the devastating effects
     MANAGEMENT                            MISSION                              of a 9.0 earthquake and certainly
                                                                                                                    MORE INFORMATION:
                                                                                                                    www.catastrophicpreparedness.
     Leveraging new relationships,                                              not a meta-event. While each
                                           ICAD teams explored mitigation,                                          org

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                                                                                                  RCPT
                                                                                                                        NATIONAL CAPITAL SITE



    National Capital Region

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
A
      catastrophe is an incident that permanently interrupts or alters the continuity of the status quo in terms of impacts upon
      human physical and mental health, culture, language, economy and the environment, creating irrecoverable losses and a
      diminished faith and hope in traditional support systems, ultimately resulting in the creation of a new normal.

   PLANS                             emphasis on interim housing
                                     and supply chain resilience.

COMPLETED                            COMPLETED

BEHAVIOR                             BEHAVIORAL
ANALYSIS                             MENTAL HEALTH                                                               public safety network to meet
                                     Region – wide development of                                                the needs of response organiza-
Conducted a behavioral analysis                                                                                  tions to assist the public in a
study that allowed the region to     an operational behavioral mental
                                     health response and training                                                catastrophe.
determine preparedness levels
(40%) and predict behavior of        plan.
citizens in a catastrophic event                                                                                 IN PROCESS
to include the protective actions
of shelter in place (70%) and/or
                                     COMPLETED                                                                   SHELTER IN PLACE
evacuation.                          RESOURCE                             better understand what’s com-
                                                                          ing towards their state, what
                                                                                                                 TRAINING
                                     MANAGEMENT:                          does their state have on hand to       Educate and train the public
COMPLETED                            PARTNERS                             respond, and what are conse-
                                                                          quences of their state’s decisions.
                                                                                                                 and private sector on effective
                                                                                                                 shelter-in-place preparation,
PUBLIC                               Developed critical core part-                                               including public preparedness
PREPAREDNESS                         nerships for regional resource
                                     management and assess how            IN PROCESS
                                                                                                                 and messaging, as well as the
                                                                                                                 formulation of a shelter in place
Creation of templates for region-
al-based catastrophic event and
                                     they work together. Analyzed
                                     resource management capabili-        DISASTER                               training plan for the region.
protective action messaging that     ties, identifed resource gaps that   COMMNICATIONS                             “The best plan is flexible
focuses on the difference in mes-
saging for evacuating and host
                                     agencies note as mission-critical,
                                     and developed solutions to fill
                                                                          PLANNING                                  enough so that it adapts to
                                                                          Implementation of a regional              whatever the situation is.”
states. Examined use of volun-       those gaps through the creation
                                                                          governance structure, engineer-           Washington Business
teer organizations for delivery of   of partnerships with the private
messaging including recommen-                                             ing plan and procurement vehi-            Journal 9/9/11
                                     sector and NGOs in each state.
dations for preparation.                                                  cle for a mobile broadband

                                     COMPLETED
IN PROCESS
                               RESOURCE
TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT:
Enhances collaboration between
                               RESOURCES                                    KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
transportation, GIS and emer-                                               WHOLE OF COMMUNITY
gency management resources           Assessed resource management
                                     systems to establish interoper-        Increased awareness region-wide of the importance of a Whole of
across the region. Develops a
                                     ability and interfacing require-       Community Approach to shelter in place and development of a suc-
standard transportation evacu-
                                     ments and determine steps              cessful grass roots approach to training.
ation template for the region to
use. Identifies current gaps in      to create a regional network.          COORDINATED PLANS
evacuation plans and develop         Developed recommendations for          Region developed and populated a template for the six state region’s
plans to close some of the identi-   standardizing resource defini-
                                                                            transportation evacuation system detailing resource requirements,
fied gaps. Developed a regional      tions for the region and map
                                     some of the resources. Built           welcome centers, staging areas, traffic control points etc. per scenario.
evacuation route map.
                                     robust partnership activity to         PRIVATE SECTOR INTEGRATIONON
                                     include federal participation.         Focus on private sector integration has had key outcomes including:
IN PROCESS
SUPPLY CHAIN/                        IN PROCESS
                                                                            • Successful pilot project with nation’s largest real estate services
                                                                            company, to explore how vacant multi-unit housing could be used as a
MASS-CARE                            MODELING &                             method for providing replacement housing to displaced people.
Develop systems and methods
to support survivors of a cata-
                                     SIMULATION                             • Development of a public-private partnership to focus on reducing the
strophic event, both evacuees        Creation of a prototype of a           supply chain knowledge-gap to facilitate the ability to quickly apply
and those sheltering in place,       regional planning tool to allow        strategic capacity to restore local capability.
with access to water, food,          decision makers to plan and run
                                     simulations in preparation for a       • Development of MOU’s and statements of interest with
shelter, clothing, and essential
                                     large-scale catastrophic event,        private sector partners to fill identified resource gaps.
medical care in the aftermath of
a catastrophic event with special    enabling decision makers to

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                                                                                                     RCPT
                                                                                                                               NEW ENGLAND SITE



       New England

SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
     T
         he Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is a FEMA sponsored grant program
         to provide funding to ten sites nationwide to support planning for catastrophic events. The New
         England Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Initiative (NERCPI) encompasses the Commonwealth of
     Massachusetts, and the states of New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

     A “catastrophic event” is a natural or manmade incident that results in extraordinary levels of mass casu-
     alties, damage and disruption which severely affects population, infrastructure, environment, economy,
     and national morale. Our program seeks to create coordinated response capability between our local and
     state agencies to deal with the sustained impacts over a period of time when their own individual agency
     resources are taxed.
                                                                                                                     NERCPI created Cyber Disrup-
                                                                               COMPLETED                             tion Teams (CDT) in MA, RI, and
                            NERCPI Funding                                     REGIONAL                              NH, and the City of Boston. CDTs
                                                                                                                     comprise experts from IT, emer-
                                                                               CYBER                                 gency management, public safe-
           FY2008: $3.1M
           FY2010: $3.57M
                                                  FY2009: $1.42M
                                                  FY2011: $1.28M
                                                                               DISRUPTION                            ty and service providers who can
                                                                               RESPONSE                              advise an incident commander
                                                                                                                     about restoring or maintaining
                     Regional Working Groups                                   PLANNING                              critical infrastructure under ESF-
                              External Affairs                                 As reliance on cyber infrastruc-      2. CDTs coordinate resources
                                Mass Care                                      ture increases in all aspects of      and information on regional
                     Resource Management & Logistics                           society, cyber disruptions will       level during catastrophic events,
                           Long-Term Recovery                                  evolve from mere inconven-            but are scalable to respond to
                              Transportation                                   iences into major incidents           incidents at local level.
                                                                               with significant public safety
                                                                               ramifications.
                                                                               The Cyber Disruption Response
                                                                               Annex (CDRA) outlines how
       FY 08 PLANS                       broken out by functional area,        cyber responders will support
                                         which identify how each func-         ICS structure in each jurisdiction,    “The Regional Catastrophic Pre-
     COMPLETED                           tional area (i.e. Transportation,     how critical cyber incident in-        paredness Grant has facilitated
                                         Communications, Public Works &        formation will be shared across
     REGIONAL                            Engineering, etc.) will coordinate    agencies, and how information
                                                                                                                      critical planning initiatives
                                                                                                                      across three states and has
     CATASTROPHIC                        throughout the preparedness           technology organizations can
                                                                               support both the public safety
                                                                                                                      fostered regional catastrophic
     COORDINATION                        cycle.
                                                                               community and one another.             planning that had not been
     PLAN                                COMPLETED
                                                                               CDRA development included              taking place. Grant resources
                                                                                                                      have expanded our plan-
     Establishes framework for three                                           critical cyber asset identifica-
                                                                                                                      ning resources and enhanced
     states and local jurisdictions      REGIONAL                              tion, regional cyber capability
                                                                               assessment, and cyber asset risk       cross-border relationships and
     within NERCPI to collaborate        IMPROVISED                            assessments.                           initiatives, and is providing a
     in preparation of, in response
     to, and in recovery from a          EXPLOSIVE                                                                    framework for developing new
     catastrophic incident. The RCCP     DEVICE PLAN                                                                  regional all-hazards response
                                                                                                                      and recovery capabilities.”
     serves as the foundation for        Creates coordinated response                                                 Kurt N. Schwartz,
     all additional NERCPI planning      protocols for local and state                                                Director   Massachusetts
     efforts, many of which will be      agencies to respond to cata-                                                 Emergency Management
     incorporated as annexes to the      strophic IED incident. The
     base plan. The RCCP does not                                                                                     Agency, NERCPI Chair
                                         Regional IED Response Annex
     take the place of or supersede      memorializes the structure
     any existing agreements, struc-     for explosive ordinance teams
     tures, or authorities, but rather   within NERCPI agencies to co-
     streamlines these processes         laborate in a regional multiple-
     when seamless multi-jurisdic-       IED scenario that immediately
     tional response is most critical.   taxes all normal, locally available
     The RCCP is accompanied by          resources.
     Regional Coordination Protocols,




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FUTURE PROJECTS -                                                                                  RCPT
NEW ENGLAND                                                                                                         SITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS


                                                                                 “The City of Boston works regu-
       FUTURE PROJECT                      FUTURE PROJECT                        larly with our partners in the
       DISASTER                            CITIZEN                               Metro-Boston area and within
       HOUSING PLAN                        PREPAREDNESS &                        the Commonwealth of Massa-
                                                                                 chusetts. The RCPGP has driven
       NERCPI will create a Disaster
       Housing Task force to create a
                                           EDUCATION                             us to think strategically about
       coordination plan for dealing       PLAN                                  the demand on capabilities and
                                                                                 resources a catastrophe would
       with long-term housing short-       This plan will implement a re-
                                                                                 create, and enabled us to foster
       age from a catastrophic event.      gional preparedness campaign
                                           to educate citizens about the         partnerships on a much wider
                                           impact of catastrophic events         scale.” Don McGough, Direc-
       FUTURE PROJECT                                                            tor, City of Boston May-
                                           and the necessary steps for
       COMMODITIES                         preparedness.                         or’s Office of Emergency
                                                                                 Management
       DISTRIBUTION &
       PREPOSITIONING
       PLAN                                  workshops + exercises
       Commodities Distribution
       planning will identify the
       critical life-sustaining supplies       APRIL 2011
       needed to support catastroph-
       ic event response, address
                                               RCCP TABLETOP EXERCISE
       gaps in current supply capac-
       ity, and determine optimal              140 members of the NERCPI RCPT attended an exercise
       locations for such supplies to          to validate the coordinating principles of the RCCP and
       be staged.                              its annexes during preparation and response phases. The
                                               scenario featured a coordinated multiple-IED attack across
                                               three states, targeting critical infrastructure, transportation
       FUTURE PROJECT
                                               hubs, universities, and hotels throughout the Region.
       MULTI-YEAR                              The scenario also affected cyber resources throughout
       TRAINING &                              the region and required activation of the Region’s Cyber
                                               Disruption Teams. This TTX was a culmination of an
       EXERCISES PLAN                          exercise series featuring state-specific drills for the CDTs.
       The Regional MYTEP will
       establish long-term implemen-           This exercise was focused largely on inter-agency and
       tation plan for training and            inter-jurisdictional coordination at the management level.
       exercises to evaluate NERCPI            Participants included senior-level officials representing
       planning efforts.                       Emergency Management, Public Safety, Information
                                               Technology and Public Information at the local, state, and
                                               federal level.
       FUTURE PROJECT
       EVACUATION &                            The primary objectives of the TTX were to assess
                                               coordination between IT and EM; assess coordination
       TRANSPORTA-                             between NERCPI stakeholders in MA, NH, RI, UASI Regions,
       TION PLANNING                           and federal partners; assess joint decision-making and
       Multi-faceted planning process          coordination of resources and assets; assess public
       will factor into many of the            information coordination and dissemination; and assess
       other NERCPI projects. Specifi-         information and intelligence sharing.
       cally, NERCPI transportation
       plans will identify and prior-
       itize transportation routes and
       will evaluate local and state
       plans to create a comprehen-
       sive, fluid transportation and
       evacuation plan for the entire
       region.

       FUTURE PROJECT
       SHELTERING
       PLAN
       This effort will identify mass
       sheltering locations, coordinat-
       ed with evacuation, transpor-
       tation and disaster housing
       efforts.




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