Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management: Building a Family Support System for City Employees in Times of Disaster [open pdf - 172KB]
This report published by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) discusses the need to establish family support mechanisms for city employees during disasters. The following is take from the report. "The Hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast of September, 2005 brought to light the needs of responder's families. Sioux City had no plan in place to care for the family members of employees during disasters. The purpose of this research is to implement a plan for family support in times of disaster. Action research methodology was used to: (a) find best practices from other jurisdictions, (b) assess the needs of Sioux City employees, and (c) discover what changes can be incorporated into the city EOP. Based on research findings changes were made to the EOP to allow for designation of a dependent care officer, family disposition logs, and improved information to employees on disaster preparedness through the city's web site." This report also includes six appendices.