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Competencies Addressed in This Assignment
- Competency 2: Explain the role of emergency planning within the emergency management field.
- Competency 3: Specify evaluation techniques for emergency management response effectiveness.
- Competency 4: Correlate appropriate emergency management response to hazards and threats.
- Competency 5: Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
Armed with an understanding of the risks posed by hazards, communities need to determine what their priorities should be and then look at possible ways to avoid or minimize the undesired effects. The result is a hazard mitigation plan and strategy for implementation. (FEMA, 2015).
In conjunction with preparedness and planning and the other phases of emergency management, mitigation is an important component of emergency management planning and effective implementation. This assignment will help you to understand the importance of planning for it, the importance of communicating the plan to all stakeholders, and what mitigation measures will be most applicable to your community for the potential hazard and disaster that you are studying throughout the course.
“Although most discussion around mitigation involves zoning and building, this phase also focuses on simple tasks such as educating employees of government agencies, the public, and businesses about measures they can take to reduce damage” (Mann, 2012).
You will continue using the Riverbend City train derailment scenario as a foundation and context for the assignment. Review the Preparation, Planning, and Preparedness media piece, which uses a man-made accident as the type of emergency. For this second assignment on mitigation, also review the Prioritizing Community Assets media piece.
Common practices for mitigation planning are:
- Performing a risk analysis.
- Establishing priorities.
- Planning ways in which to minimize undesired effects that may occur if an emergency happens.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (2015). Hazard mitigation planning process. Retrieved from: http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-planning-ove…
Mann, S. (2012). Building sustainable cities in a post-Katrina nation: HR’s role in mitigation and planning. Public Works Management Policy, 17(1), 30–51.
In this assignment you are addressing how to create a plan for mitigation. You are a supervisor in Riverbend City reporting to Jenny Cunningham, the Emergency Manager for the city. You are going to be presenting at a conference on emergency planning. You will be conducting a break-out session on how to plan for mitigation during a critical incident. You know that your audience at this conference will be training representatives for the following groups:
- Emergency and government managers.
- First responders.
- Personnel in charge of or dealing with special needs groups such as the elderly, non-English speaking people, children, et cetera.
Jenny has asked you to provide an outline of your presentation. In your outline include the four top points, and expanded thoughts on those points, that you are planning to include in your session. Your purpose is to introduce the target audience to what goes into a well-rounded mitigation plan. Use your personal and professional experiences, your readings, as well as situations you have seen in the Riverbend City train derailment scenario that would lend themselves to mitigation. Use the Prioritizing Community Assets media piece to help focus your points for the target audience. Be sure to cite your resources.
In your outline address the following:
- Summarize the importance of mitigation.
- Describe mitigation measures that will help your community to reduce the vulnerability and consequences that it might face in the event that the hazardous risk and threat become a reality.
- Create a brief plan for implementing one of the mitigation measures you have identified.
- Explain how a mitigation measure may be incorporated to assist in one of the other phases of emergency management (preparedness, response, recovery).
The outline should be 4–6 pages, not including the title page and the references page (ensure APA format for the references). A good guideline is to use 1–2 pages to succinctly deliver each of the four main points. Provide short explanatory information for each of the main points.
- Written communication: Must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
- APA formatting for any citations and references used in the assignment.
- 4–6 pages total, excluding the title page and the reference page(s).
- Main points should be in short, concise, preferably in a bulleted list that does not exceed five list items. No more than one paragraph of explanation is required.
You are required to submit your assignment to Turnitin. Once you review your results and make any needed changes, submit your paper for grading.
Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.
- Mitigation Planning Scoring Guide.
- Preparation, Planning, and Preparedness | Transcript.
- Prioritizing Community Assets | Transcript.
- Library Research Handbook: Keywords.
- Library Research Handbook: Databases.
- Criminal Justice Undergraduate Research Guide.
- APA Style and Format.
- Capella Writing Center.
- Writing Feedback Tool.
- Community of Excellence.