Activity Needs Assessment

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Activity Needs Assessment

    Training and Exercise

    Needs Assessment

    1. Hazards

List the various hazards in your community. What risks are you most likely to face? You can use the

    following checklist as a starting point.

     Airplane crash Terrorism

     Animal Disease Technology

     Dam failure Train derailment

     Drought Volcanic eruption

     Earthquake Wildfire

     Economics Wind Event; tornado, hail, micro-burst

     Epidemic (biological attack) Winter storm

     Fire/Firestorm Workplace violence

     Flood Other ______________________

     Hazardous material spill/release Other ______________________

     Hostage/Shooting Other ______________________

     Landslide/Mudslide Other ______________________

     Mass casualty incident Other ______________________

     Mass fatality incident

     Radiological release

     Sustained power failure

    2. Secondary Hazards

    What secondary effects from those hazards are likely to impact your community?

Communication system breakdown

     Power outages

     Transportation blockages

     Business interruptions

     Mass evacuations/displaced population

     Overwhelmed medical/mortuary services

     Other ________________________

     Other ________________________

     Other ________________________

     Other ________________________

     Other ________________________

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    3. Hazard Priority

What are the highest priority hazards? Consider such factors as:

; Frequency of occurrence.

    ; Relative likelihood of occurrence.

    ; Magnitude and intensity.

    ; Location (affecting critical areas or infrastructure).

    ; Spatial extent.

    ; Speed of onset and the availability of warning.

    ; Potential severity of consequences to people, critical facilities, community functions, and


    ; Potential cascading events (e.g., damage to chemical processing plant, dam failure).

#1 Priority hazard:

#2 Priority hazard:

#3 Priority hazard:

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4. Area

    What geographic area(s) or facility location(s) is (are) most vulnerable to the high priority hazards?

5. Plans and Procedures

What plans and procedures;emergency response plan, contingency plan, operational plan,

    standard operating procedures (SOPs); will guide your community’s response to an emergency?

6. Functions

What emergency management functions are most in need of rehearsal? (e.g., What functions have

    not been exercised recently? Where have difficulties occurred in the past?) You can use the following

    checklist as a starting point.

     Alert Notification (Emergency Response) Public Safety

     Warning (Public) Public Works/Engineering

     Communications Transportation

     Coordination and Control Sheltering

     Emergency Public Information (EPI) Resource Management

     Damage Assessment Continuity of Government or Operations

     Health and Medical Other ___________________________

     Individual/Family Assistance Other ___________________________

     Other ___________________________

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7. Participants

    Who (agencies, departments, operational units, personnel) needs to participate in a training or exercise? For example:

; Have any entities updated their plans and procedures?

    ; Have any changed policies or staff?

    ; Who is designated for emergency management responsibility in your plans and procedures? ; With whom does your community and organization need to coordinate in an emergency? ; What do your regulatory requirements call for?

    ; What personnel can you reasonably expect to devote to developing an exercise?

8. Program Areas

Mark the status of your emergency program in these and other areas to identify those most in need

    of training and exercising.

     Used in New Updated Exercised N/A Emergency Emergency Plan Plan Annex(es) Standard Operating Procedures Resource List Maps, Displays Reporting Requirements Notification Procedures Mutual Aid Pacts Policy-Making Officials Coordinating Personnel Operations Staff Volunteer Organizations EOC/Command Center Communication Facility BHS Revised 10/17/2010 Page 4 of 5

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     Used in New Updated Exercised N/A Emergency Warning Systems Utility Emergency Preparedness Industrial Emergency Preparedness Damage Assessment Techniques Other:

9. Past Exercises

If your community has participated in exercises before, what did you learn from them, and what do

    the results indicate about future exercise needs? For example, consider the following questions:

; Who participated in the exercise, and who did not?

    ; To what extent were the exercise objectives achieved?

    ; What lessons were learned?

    ; What problems were revealed, and what is needed to resolve them?

    ; What improvements were made following past exercises, and have they been tested?

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