Developing a Pre-Event Tornado Incident Action Plan for the Metro West Fire Protection District [open pdf - 261KB]
"The problem was that the Metro West Fire Protection District did not have a sample, pre-event tornado incident action plan. The study purpose was to develop a sample, pre-event tornado incident action plan. Action research was used to answer the following research questions: (1) What information is needed to produce a pre-event tornado incident action plan; (2) What are the challenges in developing a pre-event tornado incident action plan; and (3) What are the challenges in implementing a pre-event tornado incident action plan? A literature review, survey and interviews showed that the information needed for a pre-event plan included location of shelters, a communications plan, mutual aid capabilities and incident objectives. The challenges to developing a plan were the uncertain impact location, lack of training on the plan, the involvement of other agencies and disciplines, time and funding. Challenges to implementing a plan were noted to be delays in logistics, communications and training on the plan. The plan produced from the study included initial objectives, field assignments, communication plans, and detailed command and management tasks. Recommendations resulting from this study included adoption of the plan, development of a training program for the plan for emergency management personnel and first responders, identification of continued funding, expansion of the planning processes to address all known or suspected hazards, and research of an applicable preliminary damage assessment process for future plan revisions."
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