With the ever present risk of disasters looming over Bay Area communities, a group of government emergency preparedness experts and community partners have come together to create the Peninsula Preparedness Network project. The aim of this group is to create a collection of best practices and ideas on the subject of emergency preparedness and the connection between Citizens and the limited resources of their local governments during emergency response.
The Peninsula Preparedness Network (PPN) covers all cities and special districts in both San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. It is designed to help emergency operations officials and neighborhood groups work together to combat hazards, including crime, terrorism and natural disasters.
1.Identify best practices both locally and regionally
2.Conduct tabletop exercises to further test existing models
3.Document lessons learned and recommend and develop possible improvements to best practices
4.Create a Best Practices Report and a Field Operations Guide that can serve as templates for cities
Peninsula Preparedness Network Work Plan
We will collect (via in-person meetings, phone conferences and email) the existing models known as well as any regional or other best practices and create a summary Local Best Practices presentation that will include:
·Organizational charts that show different neighborhood interface models with local government ( including but not limited to Community Emergency Response Team deployment) and capture common language designations of roles (with emphasis on Incident Command System definitions)
·Templates designed for educational handouts and neighborhood directories
·Enhanced communication strategies implemented with neighborhood-level volunteers, including the latest technology and social media
·Incentives that inspire volunteers to get prepared and events that recognize volunteers
Equipment recommendations, including vests, helmets, radios, radio antennas and neighborhood-level emergency caches
We will then hold a four-hour workshop with the Advisory Committee and invited guests where the Local Best Practices will be reviewed and determine the "next steps" for exercises.
Next, we will conduct a Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Plan (HSEEP) compliant process where an exercise series is developed that will then be conducted, independently (on different days), in the two host cities (Burlingame and Palo Alto) to evaluate both cities' models (or new models). The HSEEP components include an Initial Planning Conference (IPC) followed by tabletop exercises (TTX) in Palo Alto and Burlingame. Based on lessons learned from the TTX sessions, we will determine if the "final exercises" will encompass a Functional Exercise (FE) or a Full-Scale Exercise (FSE), one in Palo Alto and one in Burlingame (or an FE in one city and an FSE in the other).
Field Operations Guide The intent of the document is to create a generic field operations guide for neighborhood preparedness groups based on best practices from organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area. [ more ]