Planning for Concurrent Emergencies   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Background: "Given the protracted nature of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, states will likely experience additional, simultaneous emergencies concurrent with additional outbreaks of the virus. Experts are forecasting an above-average season for hurricane activity across the Atlantic as well as an above normal wildfire risk for the states in the Pacific Northwest. Extreme heat may present a nationwide threat and most states are likely to experience above average temperatures for many months of this year. Earthquakes, targeted violence, and cybersecurity incidents know no season and pose persistent risk. Responding to and recovering from these disasters independently presents a significant challenge to states, notwithstanding the already staggering effects of COVID-19 on human, financial, and physical resources. Governors will need to work across the emergency management enterprise to properly prepare for a confluence of events that will strain their already burdened systems to ensure that their states are ready to protect lives and property. This memorandum provides: [1] Actions for Governors Looking to Bolster Emergency Preparedness; [2] An Overview of the Planning Considerations for Simultaneous Emergencies."

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