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Emergency Preparedness Advisori

Thank you for the opportunity to comment and bring my 15 years experience working local and nationally with schools, districts and tribes. Arizona Dept of Education and their advisory council just rolled out new ERP templates for our AZ schools, districts, tribes, charter and private schools. Over 400 school, tribes, charter and district employees, emergency management, public health, law enforcement, and fire attended.

The Az Dept of Ed and their council spent 14 months going through the process of researching and developing the final ERP template materials. Resource materials incorporated in the template materials included CPG101, HSEEP, NIMS, Federal Response Plan, FEMA Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools course materials. We even took a team of eight to the FEMA National Training Academy in Emmitsburg, MD made up of four State Agencies and four Tucson Unified School District employees to attend the Emergency Planning for Schools course provided by FEMA. FEMA has excellent new school focused training materials to support our national Homeland Security concepts, while also making it applicable to our schools. Why not build on the FEMA curriculum, and what the federal government already has in place? Let's form a national task force made up of FEMA, Dept. of ED, DOJ, Homeland Security, State Departments of Education, Public Health and Emergency Management, Local Schools and the Districts.

Thank you for your time.


Linda Mason


AZ Department of Ed

Emergency Preparedness Advisor

School Safety and Prevention Unit

Submitted by in Mar 2013

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  1. NIMS represents a core set of doctrines, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes that enables effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management. Incidents typically begin and end locally, and are managed on a daily basis at the lowest possible geographical, organizational, and jurisdictional level. A basic premise of both NIMS and the NRF is that incidents typically be managed at the local level first. In the vast majority of incidents, local resources and local mutual aid agreements and assistance agreements will provide the first line of emergency management and incident response. The responsibility for responding to incidents, both natural and manmade, begins at the local level – with individuals and public officials in the county, city, or town affected by the incident. Local leaders and emergency managers prepare their communities to manage incidents locally. The Framework’s response doctrine plays a key role in helping community leaders to coordinate resources within jurisdictions, among adjacent jurisdictions, and with the private sector and NGOs such as the American Red Cross. This section describes the roles and responsibilities of key leadership elements within communities.

    Let us attempt to use;
    Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101,
    Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 502,
    Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201,
    A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management:
    Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action FDOC 104-008-1 / December 2011,National Preparedness Goal
    First Edition September 2011,
    National Preparedness System November 2011,
    Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Also rolls and responsibilities are covered in
    National Incident Management System 2008 and
    National Response Framework 2008.
    in Mar 2013

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