Phase 2, Step 1: Needs Assessment

Hazards: List by priority any problems in the past, and which ones need to be exercised.

Geographical area: Look for areas that are vulnerable to hazards.

Emergency functions: Determine what function needs to be exercised.

  • Alert Notification
  • Communications
  • Coordination
  • Emergency Public Information
  • Damage Assessment
  • Health and Medical
  • Individual/Family Assistance
  • Public Safety
  • Public Works
  • Resource Management
  • Warning
  • Other

Organizations and personnel: Determine who would be involved and who needs the training. Have policies or staff changed?

  • Police
  • Fire
  • Business and Industry
  • Public Works
  • Airport
  • EMO
  • Red Cross
  • Hospital
  • EMS
  • Public Transportation
  • School District
  • Surrounding Jurisdictions
  • Volunteer Organizations
  • Others

Exercise type: Determine which exercise to conduct. At what level is the exercise experience to be…a tabletop, a seminar, or a functional exercise? How much time can be allocated for development? Is a certain type required to fulfill compliance?

  • Seminar
  • Drill
  • Game
  • Tabletop
  • Functional
  • Full-scale