Natural Disasters Strategy and Response

2 discussions here

Discussion 1

  • Types of Natural Disasters
    • Use your natural disaster type and description from the Unit 3 discussion.
    • Locate an EOP from your own state or use one of the EOPs from the Unit 3 discussion. Note: if you use one of the sample EOPs from the discussion, make sure your chosen EOP addresses the type of natural disaster that you will focus on.
    • Review your chosen EOP and include the following in your main post:
      • List the natural disaster and description statement.
      • Describe how well the EOP address the response considerations for your chosen natural disaster.
      • Provide examples of major areas within the EOP (ESF or annexes) that would help coordinate the response and explain how the sections would be used.
      • Identify any gaps in the EOP.
    • Identify basic components of an EOP.
    • Study an EOP according to criteria.
    • Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.
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When faced with a natural disaster, emergency management officials activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and retrieve the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to direct the response. In this discussion, you will apply your knowledge of disaster planning and explain how an EOP would be used to respond to a natural disaster.


Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:


Week 3 discussion

Discussion 1: State of California Emergency Plan

Revision process:

The State of California will the emergency plan as required and all made change will be issued through online and publication distribution systems and by use of varieties of sources including DHS (, 2018). Relevant recommendations are welcomed to help in improving the emergency plan to ensure it better and effectively serve the needs of California people. The planning partners include FEMA (“Federal Emergency Management Agency) and DHS (“Department of Human Services”).

The methodology used to formulate the plan:

Plan was formulated using an analytical orderly and problem-solving methodology. In other words, the plan follows sets of logical, strategic steps from its initiation to objectives analysis, to comparison and development of ways to achieving the emergency plan objectives (, 2018). Effective methodology is used in order to achieve the objective of the plan and to ensure that it supports creativity, insight and initiative in the face of fluid and uncertain environment.

Further, the methodology used supports and guides activity preparedness. The plan provides a strategic framework in order to ensure effective preparedness through establishing desired-end state and necessary tasks needed to accomplish and achieve the emergency plan’s mission.

Whether the plan provide an all-hazard approach:

The plan provides all-hazard approach; various hazards and threats are comprehensively addressed in the emergency plan. In addition, various strategies for deterrence/prevention and risk mitigation techniques are addressed in the plan. The hazards and threats are categorized into two classes: those that have high probability of occurring and those that could cause property damage, injuries, environmental impacts, and business disruptions (, 2018). Further, vulnerabilities are analytically analyzed and potential impacts assessed.

Explanation of my evaluation of the plan as it relates to readings:

In essence, local governments, state agencies, and others relevant agencies must be fully prepared to responding to and tackle emergencies that could occur. The “State of California Emergency Plan” provides a comprehensive plan detailing on how to respond to disaster emergency situations associating with human-caused emergencies and natural disasters. The plan describes and details effective methods for carrying out emergency operations, processes for providing mutual aid and government agencies’ services (, 2018). Mechanisms are also provided on resources mobilization, process of ensuring government continuity during disaster or emergency and on how public is to be informed during the disaster situations. The plan emphasizes on program mitigations to reducing vulnerabilities and effective preparedness activities to ensuring resources and capabilities are timely availed in case of an emergency.

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Discussion 2

Crisis Decision-Making


The first Unit 5 discussion continues, as you begin to engage in decision-making through the establishment of incident priorities and objectives. Chapter 2 in Huder’s Disaster Operations and Decision-Making provides a useful three-question system for this purpose; refer to pages 31–35 to complete the discussion.



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