Agency emergency plan - COOP planning for CBOs

CARD, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, is based in Oakland, California. They develop clear, practical preparedness resources specifically for community organizations. These include continuity of operations (COOP) planning materials such as tools outlining concrete steps to preparedness, a guide to developing memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for community organizations, and a guide to agency emergency planning. The agency emergency planning guide includes: prompts for how to engage staff; the agency's disaster mission statement; staff preparedness information; how and when to use volunteers; needs of the agency's clientele; facility preparedness; neighborhood resources; transportation options; communication and outreach; incident command system (ICS) information and chart that can be completed by the organization; and financial resources. The agency emergency plan format is easy to use and includes checklists, charts, and places to fill in the blank. It raises key points for planning, including: What important activities (that keep your agency able to provide services) can be assigned to spontaneous volunteers; What activities should not be assigned to spontaneous volunteers?; How many total clients would most likely be at your site in a disaster? Of particular value: CARD's approach provides non-disaster contexts for action and focuses on what agencies can do; what will provide immediate value, and what is sustainable for even the most cash-strapped agency. CARD's philosophy is Prepare To Prosper!

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