In Step 5, the planning team develops a draft of the higher ed EOP using the courses of action developed in Step 4. In addition, the team reviews the plan, obtains official approval, and shares the plan with community partners (e.g., first responders, local emergency managers, public and mental health officials), staff, and stakeholders.
An effective higher ed EOP is presented in a way that makes it easy for users to find the information they need and that is compatible with local and state plans. This may include using plain language and providing pictures or visual cues for key action steps. One traditional format that can be tailored to meet individual IHE needs includes three major sections: the Basic Plan, Functional Annexes, and Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annexes.
The Basic Plan section of the higher ed EOP provides an overview of the IHE’s approach to emergency operations. Although the Basic Plan section guides the development of the more operationally oriented annexes, its primary audiences consist of the IHE, local emergency officials, and the community (as appropriate).
The Functional Annexes section details the goals, objectives, and courses of action of functions (e.g., evacuation, communications, recovery) that apply across multiple threats or hazards. Functional annexes set forth how the IHE manages a function before, during, and after an emergency.
The Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annexes section specifies the goals, objectives, and courses of action that an IHE will follow to address a particular type of threat or hazard (e.g., hurricane, active shooter). Threat- and hazard-specific annexes, like functional annexes, discuss how the IHE manages a function before, during, and after an emergency.
The following functional format can be used for the Functional Annexes section as well as for the Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annexes section. Using the format below and the work the planning team did in Step 4, each function, threat, and hazard will have at least three goals, with one or more objectives for each goal, and a course of action for each of the objectives.
The different components of each of these three sections. Details on the contents of these three sections can be found under Plan Content.
|1.Introductory Material||2.3Planning Assumptions|
|1.1.Cover Page||3.Concept of Operations|
|1.2.Promulgation Document and Signatures Page||4.Organization and assignment of responsibilities|
|1.3.Approval and Implementation||5.Direction, Control, and Coordination|
|1.4.Record of Changes||6.Information Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination|
|1.5.Record of Distribution||7.Training and Exercises|
|1.6.Table of Contents||8.Administration, Finance, and Logistics|
|2.Purpose, Scope, Situation Overview, and Assumptions||9.Plan Development and Maintenance|
|2.1.Purpose||10.Authorities and References|
|NOTE: This is not a complete list, but it is recommended that all EOPs include at least the following annexes:|
|1.Evacuation||6.Continuity of Operations (COOP)|
|2.Deny Entry or Closing (lockdown)||7.Recovery|
|3.Shelter-in-Place or Secure-in-Place||8.Public Health, Medical and Mental Health|
|4.Accounting for All Persons||9.Security|
|5.Communications and Notifications||10.Rapid Assessment|
|Threat- or Hazard-Specific Annexes|
|NOTE: This is not a complete list. Each IHE's annexes will vary based on its threats and hazard analysis|
|1.Hurricane or severe storm||5.Mass Casualty Incident|
|3.Tornado||7.Pandemic or Disease Outbreak|
|4.Hazardous Materials Incident||8.Bomb Threat or Explosion|
As the planning team works through the draft, the members add necessary tables, charts, and other supporting graphics. The planning team circulates a draft to obtain the comments of stakeholders that have responsibilities for implementing the plan. Successful plans are written according to the following simple rules:
Planners should check the written plan for compliance with applicable laws and for its usefulness in practice. Commonly used criteria can help determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the plan. The following measures can help determine if a plan is of high quality:
A plan is adequate if it identifies and addresses critical courses of action effectively, it can accomplish the assigned function, and its assumptions are valid and reasonable.
A plan is feasible if the IHE can accomplish the assigned function and critical tasks by using available resources within the time contemplated by the plan.
A plan is acceptable if it meets the requirements driven by a threat or hazard, meets cost and time limitations, and is consistent with the law.
A plan is complete if it
The plan must comply with applicable states and local requirements because these provide a baseline that facilitates both planning and execution.
After finalizing the plan, the planning team should present it to the appropriate leadership and obtain official approval of the plan. The team should then share the plan with all community partners (e.g., first responders, local emergency managers, public and mental health officials) and all other entities that have a role in the plan, including relevant local, regional, and/or state agencies with which the plan will be coordinated. The plan should also be shared with other organizations that may use the campus and its building(s).
Institutions should be careful to protect the plan from those who are not authorized to have it, and should consider how they will secure documents shared electronically. Law enforcement agencies and first responders have a secured, web-accessible site available to house copies of plans, building schematics, phone contact sheets, and other important details that round out planning. IHEs must comply with state and local open records laws in storing and protecting the plan.
The team should maintain a record of the people and organizations that receive a copy of the plan.
After completing Step 5, the planning team will have a final higher ed EOP.