emergency management local preparedness capabilties

in 500-600 words:

  • How do you feel about the readiness and assets of your local and state infrastructure management office? Explain.
    • Focus on the following topics:
      • Bridges and highways
      • Dams and reservoirs
      • Local area weather (hurricanes, tornados, and other extremes of weather)
      • Power and water
      • Emergency medical issues (disease epidemics and serious incidents such as airplane crashes, workplace violence, and hostage situations)
      • Terrorist incidents
  • What do you think the news media’s role should be in emergency management, planning, and communication? Explain.
  • Does the news media’s role interfere or aid emergency responders and those charged with mitigation of the crisis? Why or why not?
    • Provide any examples that you feel are necessary to support your arguments.


  • Research your local community and state emergency preparedness plans, and prepare an assessment paper that addresses the following questions in 3 or so pages:
    • What are your community’s current goals? Explain.
    • What are your community’s current capabilities? Explain.
      • Consider the following:
        • Equipment
        • Manpower
        • Training
        • Funding
        • Land area
        • Geographic challenges
    • What strategies should be implemented at the local level to enhance civil preparedness? Explain.
    • Who will grant authority to the various agencies and departments responsible for providing emergency facilities and mitigation of an all-hazards event such as a major fire, earthquake, or terrorist attack? Explain.
    • What public information policies exist (or should exist)?
      • Consider communication to news media outlets to assure accurate public information and to minimize rumors.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.
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